torque converter


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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coupe continues to offer a standard six-speed manual transmission, but the old seven-speed dual-clutch automatic has been replaced by an optional eight-speed unit with a conventional torque converter.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 An 8-speed torque converter automatic is standard on all models. Michael Harley, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Power reaches the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter, built in-house. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The most significant powertrain change is the arrival of a new wet-clutch nine-speed transmission, which has planetary gears like a conventional automatic but uses a clutch pack instead of a torque converter to improve off-the-line response. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of torque converter was in 1927

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“Torque converter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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