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

Examples of unsprung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our tester was fitted with the optional carbon-ceramic brakes that reduce unsprung weight by 60 pounds, though steel brakes are standard. Angus MacKenzie, Robb Report, 12 May 2024 Photo : David Shepherd, courtesy of Land Rover The optional carbon-fiber wheels—standing 23 inches tall—and carbon-ceramic brakes combine to trim about 45 pounds of unsprung weight at each wheel. Lawrence Ulrich, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 But bigger wheels and tires are also heavier than smaller ones, and unsprung mass is the enemy of good handling. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2023 An optional carbon-ceramic brake system reduces unsprung weight by 60 pounds, while 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tires are standard. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2023 Iron rotors are standard, but opt for the carbon-ceramic stoppers ($8000) if unsprung and rotating mass are top concerns. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 7 Aug. 2023 As well as reducing unsprung mass, the lighter wheels should also send more feedback to the driver, improving steering feel. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 28 July 2023 Optional carbon-ceramic brakes shed a further 75 pounds of unsprung mass over the standard brakes. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 31 May 2023 Cutting unsprung mass in particular was critical. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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