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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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 Another planned Honeywell spinoff called Garrett Motion Inc. will house Honeywell’s transportation-systems division, which makes turbochargers and compressors for cars and trucks. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Resideo Names CFO, Board Ahead of Spinoff From Honeywell," 12 Sep. 2018 One unusual design choice jumps out is the location of the turbochargers. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Why GM Finally Let Cadillac Build an All-New Twin-Turbo V8," 28 Aug. 2018 This modular design is common across the Swedish automaker's lineup, and the T5 sports a turbocharger, 250hp (186kW), and 258lb-ft (350Nm). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volvo S60 is Swedish style at a surprisingly good price," 16 Oct. 2018 The catch is that forced-induction engines—those with superchargers, turbochargers, and twinchargers—don't like high compression ratios. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Infiniti's Variable-Compression Engine Works," 16 July 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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