a camshaft in an automotive engine that is located in the cylinder head over the engine block rather than in the block. Abbreviation: OHC
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Origin of overhead camshaft
First recorded in 1910–15
Words nearby overhead camshaft
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British Dictionary definitions for overhead camshaft
a type of camshaft situated above the cylinder head in an internal-combustion engine. It is usually driven by a chain or a toothed belt from the crankshaft and the cams bear directly onto the valve stems or rocker arms
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