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or push rod

[poo sh-rod]
noun Automotive.
  1. a rod in an overhead-valve engine that is part of the linkage used to open and close the valves.
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Origin of pushrod

First recorded in 1905–10; push + rod
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Historical Examples of pushrod

  • The hinged cam follower was omitted and the pushrod bore directly on the cam through a roller in its end.

    The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design

    Leonard S. Hobbs.

British Dictionary definitions for pushrod


  1. a metal rod transmitting the reciprocating motion that operates the valves of an internal-combustion engine having the camshaft in the crankcase
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