shock absorber


Definition of shock absorber

: any of several devices for absorbing the energy of sudden impulses or shocks in machinery or structures

Examples of shock absorber in a Sentence

The car needs new shock absorbers.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside the capsule, protected by shock absorbers, will be a precious payload: about half a kilogram of rocks gathered on Mars. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape," 21 Nov. 2019 Adaptive shock absorbers keep the car from squatting back on its rear wheels even with the accelerator floored. Mark Phelan,, "Auto review: 760-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strikes like lightning," 1 Nov. 2019 Adaptive shock absorbers keep the car from squatting back on its rear wheels even with the accelerator floored. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "760-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strikes like lightning," 29 Oct. 2019 Showa manufactures differential gears, shafts and other drivetrain components along with shock absorbers and steering systems. Shiho Takezawa,, "Honda and Hitachi to Merge Four Car Parts Makers, Yomiuri Says," 29 Oct. 2019 Manual cars get Bilstein shock absorbers, a brace between the front shock towers and a limited-differential. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dedicated fans get hands on their limited edition 30th anniversary MX-5 drop-tops," 20 Sep. 2019 Surgery resulted in 30-40 percent of his meniscus (the cartilage that serves as a shock absorber between the shin and thigh bones) being lost as Butt was sent to injured reserve for the third time in as many NFL seasons. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "In midst of “brutal” recovery, Broncos TE Jake Butt remains confident he can be key contributor in future," 6 Nov. 2019 The building needs nearly $79 million in repairs, including a new foundation system called base isolators — essentially big shock absorbers that let the foundation move 27 inches to the side and one foot vertically in an earthquake. Carl Nolte,, "Bells toll as Bay Area remembers Loma Prieta on fifth anniversary of earthquake," 11 Oct. 2019 Practice has been over for more than half an hour and Travis Braden is still working on a shock absorber from his race car. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The desk job can wait. This engineering grad is more interested in being part of racing history.," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of shock absorber

1906, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Shock absorber.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of shock absorber

: a device that is connected to the wheel of a vehicle in order to reduce the effects of traveling on a rough surface

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