torsion bar


: a long metal element in an automobile suspension that has one end held rigidly to the frame end and the other twisted and connected to the axle and that acts as a spring

Examples of torsion bar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the torsion bars that sprung those trailing arms were now located all the way at the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Oct. 2023 Both also share front unequal-length control arms and torsion bars. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 In its place are unequal-length control arms sprung by torsion bars. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, 2 Aug. 2023 Both models employ the Civic's strut front suspension, located by lower control arms and sprung by torsion bars. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Mar. 2023 The suspension incorporates double wishbones with inboard torsion bar dampening, while braking is provided by a set of six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers and carbon brake discs and pads. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Aug. 2022 The unequal-length control arm suspension features inboard torsion bar dampers, using pushrods up front and pullrods at the back. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2022 The torsion bar all-independent suspension is surprisingly supple over bumps, but the rudimentary underpinnings are less impressive in controlling body roll and chassis movement during aggressive maneuvers. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2022 Other technical features include front and rear double-wishbone suspension, an inboard torsion bar and a McLaren and Penske-manufactured damper system. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'torsion bar.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of torsion bar was in 1937

Dictionary Entries Near torsion bar

Cite this Entry

“Torsion bar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

torsion bar

: a long metal piece in an automobile suspension that has one end firmly attached to the frame and the other twisted and connected to the axle and that acts as a spring

More from Merriam-Webster on torsion bar

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!