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oil pan

the bottom part of the crankcase of an internal-combustion engine in which the oil used to lubricate the engine accumulates.
Origin of oil pan
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Crank-case of aluminum, barrel type, oil pan on bottom removable.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Couldn't any water or mud get in—not with that oil pan perfect.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • An oil pan is placed under the engine and the top is covered with a hood just as in motor car practice.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag

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