supercharger

noun
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 Redeye’s ingests more air and fuel with a larger supercharger, 14.5:1 psi boost vs. the 11.6 psi of the standard Hellcat. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dodge plays to muscle car niche with power, technology," 16 Aug. 2019 Engines are shrinking, losing cylinders, and gaining turbochargers and superchargers, even as full-size trucks put on weight and grow, grow, grow. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ford Keeps It Old-School With the New 7.3-Liter Gas V8," 1 May 2019 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 Tesla added 338 new supercharger locations globally last year, increasing the total number of stations to 1,128. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "New Tesla supercharger station is taking shape on Greater Cincinnati's West Side," 8 Mar. 2018 The throwback dining and entertainment options will be added to the L.A. supercharger station near Interstate 405. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Up Next for Elon Musk: A Drive-In Movie Theater," 8 Jan. 2018 Bloomberg News reporter Dana Hull in San Francisco on Tesla’s supercharger network in Boston and other cities. Bloomberg.com, "The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: Tesla and College," 12 Sep. 2017 Engines are shrinking, losing cylinders, and gaining turbochargers and superchargers, even as full-size trucks put on weight and grow, grow, grow. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ford Keeps It Old-School With the New 7.3-Liter Gas V8," 1 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of supercharger

1917, in the meaning defined above

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