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

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With a turbocharger, that car produces decent power for moving over 3,500 pounds of metal and leather and driver, with a zero-to-60 time of 6.5 seconds. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The (New) Biggest Motorcycle Engine You Can Buy," 2 May 2019 To find the extra grunt for JCW models, Mini modified the crankshaft, installed new main bearings, a larger turbocharger, and JCW-specific pistons and connecting rods, and tweaked the compression ratio. Annie White, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mini JCW Countryman and Clubman Get More Power," 14 May 2019 No turbochargers here, by God, and no mid- or premium-grade fuel, either. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019 But the turbochargers that are all but omnipresent in today's two-liter engines don't play nicely with high compression ratios, because the combustion can become erratic and possibly result in engine knock (unwanted detonation of the fuel-air mix). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 In two and a half months, Andy and a volunteer crew added improved twin-turbochargers and water-methanol anti-detonation injection (ADI), allowing them to raise engine manifold pressure and boost. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "400mph, 50 feet up—what it takes to race and win world’s fastest motorsport," 30 Aug. 2018 Porsche downsized its naturally aspirated flat-six engine for 2017, but added twin turbochargers for more power and efficiency. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Porsche 911 GTS is the quickest, fastest and most popular Carrera," 19 July 2017 The tuner's beloved sports car gets its first turbocharger and an overall package that is exceptional at this price. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Best affordable sports cars of 2017," 5 June 2017 That is correct, by the way; the engines have both supercharger and turbocharger. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of turbocharger

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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