tur·​bo·​shaft | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌshaft How to pronounce turboshaft (audio) \

Definition of turboshaft

: a gas turbine engine that is similar in operation to a turboprop engine but instead of being used to power a propeller is used through a transmission system for powering other devices (such as helicopter rotors and pumps)

Examples of turboshaft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new engines that replace the 4,500-hp Pratt & Whitney JFTD-12 turboshafts of the current helicopter are sourced from an as yet unnamed manufacturer. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vietnam Helo's New Robot Brain Will Help Fight a Different Kind of Enemy," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of turboshaft

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Turboshaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turboshaft. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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