shock absorber

noun

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 The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber for the knee joint. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Jan. 2022 Typically, the diameter increases in size and tugs on the meninges (shock absorber between your skull and brain), which causes throbbing or pulsating pains. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 7 Jan. 2022 This model also features a new element called the FlexRing (essentially a stainless steel shock absorber fitted between the case and movement) which offers better resistance to impacts. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2021 An inventory and spare-capacity cushion acts as a global shock absorber until higher prices spur production to balance rising demand. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 Oct. 2021 Articular cartilage covers the ends of bones and acts as a shock absorber in the joints. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 During economic hard times, one role that government can play is shock absorber. Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Sep. 2021 For much of spring and early summer, Harris was serving as a shock absorber for Biden. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Williams was a performer openly daunted by the task at hand, a shock absorber. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shock absorber

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Shock absorber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shock%20absorber. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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