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connecting rod

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noun Machinery.
  1. a rod or link for transmitting motion and force between a rotating and a reciprocating part, as between a piston and a crankshaft.

Origin of connecting rod

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for connecting rod

Historical Examples

  • In this case the connecting-rod R is made in a circular piece.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • I just put a connecting-rod through my crankcase, growled the man.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

  • The last connection to make is between the crank and connecting-rod.

  • And now,” dropping the connecting-rod in his pocket, “the next thing is something else.

    White Fire

    Roy J. Snell

  • Johnny showed him the connecting-rod made of the strange blue steel.

    White Fire

    Roy J. Snell


British Dictionary definitions for connecting rod

connecting rod

noun
  1. a rod or bar for transmitting motion, esp one that connects a rotating part to a reciprocating part
  2. such a rod that connects the piston to the crankshaft in an internal-combustion engine or reciprocating pumpSee also big end, little end
  3. a similar rod that connects the crosshead of a steam engine to the crank
Often shortened to: con rod
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