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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Under its long hood, the 5.0-liter inline-eight engine of the 500 K is distinguished by its Roots-type supercharger, which develops 160 bhp at 3,400 rpm, a formidable output for the day. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2023 CNBCBloomberg Tesla has agreed to open 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations, including 3,500 fast superchargers, to other EVs by the end of 2024, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. Harold Maass, The Week, 16 Feb. 2023 Tesla has agreed to open some of its fast superchargers to other models of electric cars by the end of 2024, freeing up a reliable and highly coveted network of plugs along American roads. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2023 And the question of where you’re supposed to charge—Tesla has done a brilliant job of addressing that on the road with its supercharger network. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Nov. 2020 There's a new supercharger with a larger throttle body and a pulley that increases boost pressure by 40 percent compared to the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Mar. 2023 To produce this much power, the engine relies on a supercharger, a mechanical air pump that forces air into the engine allowing more fuel to be burned and more power to be produced. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 Tesla's supercharger network map gets more inclusive: 7,500 stations will open to other EVs. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023 Dig deeper: Tesla's supercharger network map gets more inclusive: 7,500 stations will open to other EVs. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supercharger was in 1917

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“Supercharger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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