unsprung

adjective

un·​sprung ˌən-ˈsprəŋ How to pronounce unsprung (audio)
: not sprung
especially : not equipped with springs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The six-piston calipers and optional 15-inch ceramic front discs of our sample car offer plenty of feel and gobs of stopping power on track while lopping off 22 pounds of unsprung weight to boot. James Tate, Car and Driver, 1 June 2022 Carbon-ceramic brakes that are optional on other M4s are standard here, and the wheels, brakes, and certain lightweight suspension components add up to another 46 pounds saved, with much of this being unsprung weight. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 19 May 2022 Vehicles with the Weissach Package can also add featherweight magnesium wheels (saving about 22 pounds of unsprung weight) as a bonus. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2022 As unsprung mass decreases, so does the workload on the suspension system. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 27 Oct. 2021 Lower unsprung mass also means lower rotational inertia, which allows for better acceleration and shorter braking distances. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 27 Oct. 2021 None of this was black-diamond rock crawling, but vehicles built for that use case would have punished us with the heavy unsprung mass of solid axle overkill thumping up from below. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 25 Oct. 2021 At the top of the list is Porsche’s carbon ceramic brake, which, for $9,870, adds larger rotors, improves heat resistance, and shaves off a lot of unsprung weight. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2021 Both offer decent ride quality—the certain reward for forgoing monster wheels and keeping unsprung weight low. Jamie Kitman, Car and Driver, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsprung was in 1600

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“Unsprung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsprung. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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