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 The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber for the knee joint — the bigger the person, the bigger the strain. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors stressing 'big picture' as James Wiseman begins knee rehab," 20 Apr. 2021 Such totalizing expectations for romantic relationships leave us with no shock absorber if a partner falls short in even one area. Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic, "When a Friend Is Your Life Partner," 20 Oct. 2020 The front of the skull has thick, spongy bone that acts as a shock absorber. National Geographic, "How wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback," 17 Sep. 2020 The researchers think that the interstitium acts as a sort of shock absorber. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Scientists found a ‘new organ,’ but it might not be what you’re expecting," 2 Apr. 2018 A wee spring, like a shock absorber, was added to the filaments. Jamie Holmes, Wired, "The American Scientists Who Saved London From Nazi Drones," 4 Aug. 2020 The massive intervention from the federal government also provided a shock absorber. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "In Colorado, about 12% of renters and 4.5% of homeowners report missing June payments," 17 July 2020 This device looks like an extra-large shock absorber but performs a somewhat different function. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1987 Range Rover Makes Luxury and SUV Compatible," 30 June 2020 Monetary policy acted as a shock absorber that cushioned the market’s fall, analysts said. NBC News, "Why is Wall Street soaring while Main Street is burning?," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of shock absorber

1906, in the meaning defined above

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26 Apr 2021

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“Shock absorber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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