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.

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Multi-link rear suspension includes coil springs, trailing arms, a stabilizer bar, and the same shock absorbers. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "Toyota goes beyond boring and beige with the 2018 C-HR crossover," 4 Sep. 2018 Viscoelastic materials are fantastically useful in the modern world: They are used for shoe insoles, ear plugs, shock absorbers and more. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Sugary Coats of Holiday Apples," 15 Nov. 2018 In the years to come, the world may no longer have that shale shock absorber, ending a relatively peaceful decade in oil markets. Russell Gold, WSJ, "The Shale Boom Calmed Oil Markets, but for How Much Longer?," 26 Oct. 2018 Yoneda’s team’s next-generation improvement plan included new shock absorbers and bushings, front stabilizer bar arrangement, and rear-trailing arms positioned higher to cut floatiness on braking. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Posher, sleeker 2019 Lexus ES will have Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa," 16 June 2018 On top of the standard 4Runner equipment, the TRD Pro gets items such as a locking differential, Bilstein shock absorbers with rear remote reservoirs and a front skid plate. Travis Langness, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: 7 off-roaders that can be driven right off the lot," 11 June 2018 In the handling department, the 2019 Altima is upgraded with monotube rear shock absorbers, suspension reinforcements for better response and suspension geometry adjustments to improve steering feedback and control. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan's all-new 2019 Altima sedan to offer all-wheel-drive, turbo, ProPilot Assist," 30 Mar. 2018 The shock absorbers have three settings — normal, sport and off-road. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Ford Raptor adds adaptive shocks ready for 'jump mode'," 24 May 2018 Most are unremarkable parts that fit inside larger components, such as shock absorbers,or structural spacers that support the frame of Dodge Ram trucks and Jeep Wranglers. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "The hidden costs of 'America First' tariffs," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of shock absorber

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shock absorber was in 1906

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shock absorber

noun

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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