torque converter

noun

: a device for transmitting and amplifying torque especially by hydraulic means

Examples of torque converter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Downstream from that prime mover, the torque converter is replaced by a wet clutch and a 194-hp electric motor that is, like a Taylor Swift audience, permanently excited. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 30 June 2023 Mazda chose to use a wet clutch pack in place of a conventional torque converter; this arrangement is more compact, which slims the transmission's size and opens up additional foot room for front-seat passengers by reducing the width of the transmission tunnel. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 4 Apr. 2023 Mercedes’ rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard, and the transmission is a nine-speed automatic with a wet clutch pack in place of a torque converter. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 26 Apr. 2022 The engine produces torque all the way down to zero-speed, conveniently eliminating the need for a clutch or torque converter. Jaclyn Trop, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2022 However, the transmission has a new calibration and an upgraded torque converter. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 18 July 2022 Stacking the gains, Toyota bolts the turbo four to a six-speed automatic that uses a wet clutch instead of a torque converter. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 25 Oct. 2022 The coupe continues to offer a standard six-speed manual transmission, but the old seven-speed dual-clutch automatic has been replaced by an optional eight-speed unit with a conventional torque converter. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 11 Oct. 2022 As in the brawnier AMG models, the nine-speed automatic gearbox uses a wet clutch rather than a torque converter to improve response. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of torque converter was in 1927

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“Torque converter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torque%20converter. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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