su·​per·​charg·​er | \ˈsü-pər-ˌchär-jər \

Definition of supercharger 

: a device (such as a blower or compressor) for pressurizing the cabin of an airplane or for increasing the volume air charge of an internal combustion engine over that which would normally be drawn in through the pumping action of the pistons

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Usually, a supercharger packs extra air into combustion chambers so the engine can mix it with extra fuel, for the sake of more power. Matt Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How a Knocking Engine Is the Sign of Automotive Innovation," 28 Nov. 2018 That is correct, by the way; the engines have both supercharger and turbocharger. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 The automaker has superchargers around the Bay Area, but its first in SF proper won't open until later in 2018. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Hardest Things To Get Used to on the Tesla Model 3," 10 Oct. 2018 In its most docile form, the tidy engine makes 260 horsepower, but when fitted with a turbocharger, a supercharger and a pair of electric motors, Volvo increases the output to 400 horsepower. Kyle Stock,, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 Others, like the four-outlet exhaust, supercharger badging, and front-end styling changes, are cosmetic. Al Haas,, "2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: A supercharged pleasure to drive," 28 Apr. 2018 Jaguar owners also won’t have access to Tesla’s supercharger network that simplifies all-electric cross-country travel. Robert Duffer,, "Jaguar I-Pace undercuts and outperforms Tesla Model X," 7 Mar. 2018 Bloomberg News reporter Dana Hull in San Francisco on Tesla’s supercharger network in Boston and other cities., "The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: Tesla and College," 12 Sep. 2017 That’s a lot faster than the outlet in your garage, but slower than a Tesla roadside supercharger, which tops out at 120 kW. Keeping the current lower limits how hot the batteries get. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "VW's Electrifying Bid to Dominate a Mountain Race," 22 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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