su·​per·​charg·​er | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌchär-jər How to pronounce supercharger (audio) \

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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The honking supercharger bulges into the driver’s forward view, blocking the lower third of the windshield. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 Photo: Chevrolet The ZR1 has no trouble breathing, thanks to the immense supercharger sticking through the hood. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of supercharger

1917, in the meaning defined above

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