pushrod

noun
push·​rod | \ ˈpu̇sh-ˌräd How to pronounce pushrod (audio) \

Definition of pushrod

: a rod actuated by a cam to open or close a valve of an internal combustion engine

Examples of pushrod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inspired by the 1949 Cadillac pushrod V-8, the Chevy engine was simplified, lightweight, compact, and inexpensive to build. Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Fifties," 28 June 2020 The de Ville is the only remaining Cadillac powered by the 200-hp pushrod 4.9-liter V-8, once the marque's staple engine. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Has Room to Spare," 8 June 2020 Engineering, dynamics, and performance The 6.2L LT2 V8 engine is a large one and uses a pushrod, internal cam valvetrain design with two valves per cylinder. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The mid-engined Corvette was 60 years in the making—now we’ve driven it," 25 Feb. 2020 The official images make clear a very low ride height—just 3.7 inches of ground clearance—with motorsport-style pushrod suspension. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "649-HP Apex AP-0 Lightweight Electric Sports Car Coming in 2022," 13 Mar. 2020 There were people in the Indy-car community who realized the 500's rulebook allowed for a pushrod engine not based on an existing production automobile engine, such as the Buick V6 that won the pole in '85 and '92. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "Wide-eyed Roger Penske first saw Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 14. How the love affair grew.," 4 Nov. 2019 The left wing aileron trim tab remained intact and its pushrod was connected but bent. BostonGlobe.com, "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019 Without pushrods in the way, an engineer making an OHC engine can also configure its ports for better airflow. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ford Keeps It Old-School With the New 7.3-Liter Gas V8," 1 May 2019 As the camshaft turns, its cams push against rods (called pushrods, see?) that open valves on the cylinder to let fuel in and exhaust out. 3. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Us Take Apart an Outboard Motor Into 501 Pieces," 6 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of pushrod

1908, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2020

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“Pushrod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushrod. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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