torque converter

noun Machinery.

a fluid coupling in which three or more rotors are used, one of which can be checked so that output torque is augmented and output speed diminished.

Nearby words

  1. torpor retinae,
  2. torporific,
  3. torquate,
  4. torquay,
  5. torque,
  6. torque meter,
  7. torque spanner,
  8. torque wrench,
  9. torquemada,
  10. torquemada, tomás de

Origin of torque converter

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for torque converter

torque converter


a hydraulic device for the smooth transmission of power in which an engine-driven impeller transmits its momentum to a fluid held in a sealed container, which in turn drives a rotorAlso called: hydraulic coupling
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