turbocharger

noun
tur·​bo·​charg·​er | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌchär-jər How to pronounce turbocharger (audio) \

Definition of turbocharger

: a centrifugal blower driven by exhaust gas turbines and used to supercharge an engine

Examples of turbocharger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 48-volt electrical system also powers the motor in the turbocharger, and the 48-volt motor/generator can also recoup energy under deceleration and provides a smooth stop-start function. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 26 Apr. 2022 However, the expensive and highly complex MGU-H, which uses the turbocharger's turbine to also charge the battery, will be no more. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 And in spite of hitting a top speed of only 250 rpm, the fan is even more well-balanced than the rotor of a turbocharger. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Mar. 2022 Acceleration is acceptably brisk, and the power delivery is without the hiccups of the 2.0-liter, but leaving the Ascent's turbocharger in place sounds like even more fun. Jamie Kitman, Car and Driver, 30 Aug. 2021 The problem lies in a communication error between the stability control module and the engine computer that results in a drop in turbocharger boost pressure. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 2 June 2021 Aided by the boost of a variable-geometry turbocharger, the engine purrs willingly to its 6000-rpm redline and produces a respectable-if-not-quite-spirited 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the latter from just 1750 rpm. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 More important, the starter-generator system that can add up to 21 horsepower to the mix, the turbocharger, and the nine-speed automatic work together to deliver seamless and linear power. Annie White, Car and Driver, 5 Nov. 2020 That includes, for 2021, the optional turbocharger on the 2.5-liter four. Dan Neil, WSJ, 21 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of turbocharger

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turbocharger was in 1934

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26 May 2022

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“Turbocharger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbocharger. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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