tur·​bo·​charg·​er ˈtər-bō-ˌchär-jər How to pronounce turbocharger (audio)
: 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 That's an increase of 199 horsepower over the Vitesse's kid brother, the Grand Sport, and the extra oomph is achieved mainly via its four larger turbochargers. Josh Max, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Bolting on two turbochargers should allow for a quarter-mile run in as low as 7.9 seconds at 175 mph. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 Long after Ferrari added turbochargers to its powerplants, its Italian rival from Sant'Agata Bolognese opted to stick with larger-capacity lumps that sounded symphonic throughout their rev ranges. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 Their engines have grown and gained turbochargers, but the naming convention hasn’t changed. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Thus, Bandit would now drive a Turbo Trans Am, with a 4.9-liter V-8 equipped with a Garrett TB305 turbocharger. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 Diesel-car makers in particular have often created a broader range of available engine output levels offered at different prices without altering the basic mechanical design by calibrating the turbocharger through software. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2023 From the first electric self-starter in 1912—on a Cadillac—to automatic transmissions, disc brakes, turbochargers, and all the rest, high-end vehicles offered more profit margin to offset the costs of the new technologies. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 The turbocharger on the M139 engine features an electric motor on the shaft linking the compressor and turbine wheels that can spool up the turbo before the exhaust gases arrive, virtually eliminating turbo lag. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turbocharger was in 1934

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“Turbocharger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbocharger. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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