connecting rod

  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

Words Nearby connecting rod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use connecting rod in a sentence

  • The cylinder walls and wrist pins are lubricated by oil spray thrown from the lower end of connecting rod bearings.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Upon A-7a and A-5a engines a small tube supplies oil from connecting rod bearing directly upon the wrist pin.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag

British Dictionary definitions for connecting rod

connecting rod

  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 pump: See also big end, little end

  1. a similar rod that connects the crosshead of a steam engine to the crank

  • Often shortened to: con rod

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