tur·​bo·​charg·​er | \ˈtər-bō-ˌchär-jər \

Definition of turbocharger 

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

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When the motor isn't calling upon the turbocharger as much, the actuator arm lengthens the pistons' reach, which ups the compression ratio. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Infiniti's Variable-Compression Engine Works," 16 July 2018 But by the end of the 1970s, the likes of BMW, Saab and Porsche took up the mantle, proved its worth in motorsport, and now every car has a turbocharger. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 With these two quick responses, there’s no need to fit a tiny turbocharger to minimize turbo lag. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Nine Things You Must Know about the New Mercedes Inline-Six," 20 Mar. 2018 Riders will also especially appreciate the neon turbocharger in the dark. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Take a look at Toy Story Land at night," 2 July 2018 In its most docile form, the tidy engine makes 260 horsepower, but when fitted with a turbocharger, a supercharger and a pair of electric motors, Volvo increases the output to 400 horsepower. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 Also on the list are front wheel-drive cars as well as seat belts and turbochargers. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Watch out, gearheads, solar power could be coming to the Speedway at Indianapolis 500," 18 May 2018 Instead, Adamczyk decided to spin off its automobile turbocharger unit by the end of September and the home-products segment, which includes the iconic Honeywell-brand thermostat, by the end of the year. Thomas Black, Bloomberg.com, "Honeywell CEO Proves Loeb Wrong as Aerospace Boosts Profit," 20 Apr. 2018 In one spot, the coaster pauses, moves backward and then zooms through a turbocharger set up to look like it was pulled from a toy car track. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Toy Story Land first look: Details bring attraction to life," 28 June 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of turbocharger

: a device that supplies air to an engine at a higher pressure than normal to increase the engine's power

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