a power coupling for permitting a smooth start in any gear, consisting of two vaned rotors in a sealed casing filled with oil, such that one rotor, driven by the engine, moves the oil to drive the other rotor, which in turn drives the transmission.
Origin of fluid drive
First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for fluid drive
a type of coupling for transmitting power from the engine of a motor vehicle to the transmission, using a torque converterAlso called: fluid coupling, fluid clutch, fluid flywheel
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