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crankcase

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noun
  1. (in an internal-combustion engine) the housing that encloses the crankshaft, connecting rods, and allied parts.

Origin of crankcase

First recorded in 1875–80; crank1 + case2
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Examples from the Web for crankcase

Historical Examples

  • From the crankcase of the ship ahead of him flames were leaping.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

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

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

  • In this rotary motor the cylinders and crankcase revolve about the crankshaft which is stationary.

  • The distributing valve forms a part of the crankcase as does the water intake, and the gear pump.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • Magnalium takes the place of aluminum in the crankcase, because it is not only lighter but stronger and can be cast very thin.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell


British Dictionary definitions for crankcase

crankcase

noun
  1. the metal housing that encloses the crankshaft, connecting rods, etc, in an internal-combustion engine, reciprocating pump, etc
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