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 turbocharger turbines have grown, and electronic motors now control the wastegates more precisely than the vacuum system of before. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Evolution, not revolution, for the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S," 8 Nov. 2019 And its 2-liter engine comes with both a supercharger and a turbocharger, a rare combination (though one not unfamiliar to Volvo). Wired, "The Polestar 1 Is a Powerful Throwback Treat—Like Licorice," 5 Nov. 2019 New turbochargers improve response and efficiency and the R mode in the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission has been calibrated for more aggressive downshifts for quicker exits from the corners. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 To achieve this with VW's ubiquitous EA888 engine, the R engineers gave it a new cylinder head (plus valves and springs), a new turbocharger, new pistons, and a new injection system. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is king of the hot hatches," 12 July 2019 Packing a 48-volt motor-generator, an electric supercharger, and a conventional turbocharger around a 3.0-liter inline-six, the 429-hp AMG E53 raises the ante on performance and refinement. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Power comes from a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 248 hp with a turbocharger and 185 without. Mark Phelan, chicagotribune.com, "Want a new Volvo every year? Subscription service starts with XC40 crossover," 26 Dec. 2017 In the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid, a single turbocharger feeds air to a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 355 horsepower between 5,300 and 6,400 rpm. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Porsche’s third-generation Cayenne hybrid gets more juice, performance," 13 Sep. 2019 These cars have no actual turbochargers because they're powered entirely by electricity. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Porsche's first electric car can go from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of turbocharger

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Turbocharger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbocharger. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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