crankshaft

[ krangk-shaft, -shahft ]
/ ˈkræŋkˌʃæft, -ˌʃɑft /
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noun Machinery.

a shaft having one or more cranks, usually formed as integral parts.

Nearby words

  1. crankcase,
  2. crankle,
  3. crankly,
  4. cranko,
  5. crankpin,
  6. cranky,
  7. cranmer,
  8. cranmer, thomas,
  9. crannequin,
  10. crannied

Origin of crankshaft

First recorded in 1850–55; crank1 + shaft

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British Dictionary definitions for crankshaft

crankshaft

/ (ˈkræŋkˌʃɑːft) /

noun

a shaft having one or more cranks, esp the main shaft of an internal-combustion engine to which the connecting rods are attached
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Word Origin and History for crankshaft

crankshaft

n.

1854, from crank (v.) + shaft (n.). The basic form of the mechanism appears to date from Roman times.

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