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cabriolet Tweet Definition of cabriolet Like Definition of cabriolet on Facebook
noun
  1. An automobile with a retractable top.
  2. A light two wheeled carriage with a folding top pulled by a single horse
caliper Tweet Definition of caliper Like Definition of caliper on Facebook
noun
  1. (italbrac, usually plural only) Uncommon variant of calipers.
  2. (context, Automotive) The part of a disc brake that holds the brake pads.
camber Tweet Definition of camber Like Definition of camber on Facebook
noun
  1. The slightly convex surface of a road, ship's deck etc.
  2. The slope of a curved road, such that the outside is higher than the inside.
  3. An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive camber signifying that the wheels are closer together at the bottom than at the top.
  4. The curvature of an airfoil.
  5. (nautical) A small enclosed dock in which timber for masts (etc.) is kept to weather.
verb (cambers, cambering, cambered)
  1. To curve upwards in the middle.
Because he cambered the tires too much, he had less control on the turns.
CAR Tweet Definition of CAR Like Definition of CAR on Facebook
initialism
  1. Central African Republic
carburetor Tweet Definition of carburetor Like Definition of carburetor on Facebook
noun
  1. A device in an internal combustion engine where fuel is vapourized and mixed with air prior to ignition.
casing Tweet Definition of casing Like Definition of casing on Facebook
noun
  1. That which encloses or encases.
Some people like to split the of a sausage before cooking so it doesn't split, others don't.
verb
  1. (present participle of, case)
caster Tweet Definition of caster Like Definition of caster on Facebook
noun 
  1. A wheeled assembly attached to a larger object at its base to facilitate rolling. A caster usually consists of
    • a wheel, which may be plastic, a hard elastomer, or metal
    • an axle
    • a mounting provision, usually a stem, flange, or plate
    • (sometimes) a swivel which allows the caster to rotate for steering
      Many office chairs roll on a set of casters.
    • A shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling condiments such as sugar, salt, pepper, etc.
catalytic converter Tweet Definition of catalytic converter Like Definition of catalytic converter on Facebook
noun
  1. (Automotive) a chamber containing a finely divided platinum catalyst in which carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from the exhaust are oxidized to carbon dioxide
chassis Tweet Definition of chassis Like Definition of chassis on Facebook
noun (chassis)
  1. A base frame, or movable railway, along which the carriage of a mounted gun moves backward and forward.
  2. The base frame of a motor vehicle.
  3. A frame or housing containing electrical or mechanical equipment, such as on a computer.
choke Tweet Definition of choke Like Definition of choke on Facebook
noun
  1. A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
  2. (sports): In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation.
  3. A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which effects the spread of the shot.
verb (chok, ing)
  1. (intransitive): To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe.
  2. (transitive): To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them.
  3. (intransitive): To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.
chopped Tweet Definition of chopped Like Definition of chopped on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, chop
    1. Verb, chop)
adjective
  1. (slang) high, High on drugs.
  2. (slang) There he goes, IcE? is chopped again..
classic Tweet Definition of classic Like Definition of classic on Facebook
noun
  1. A perfect and/or early example of a particular style.
  2. An artistic work of lasting worth
  3. A major, long-standing sporting event
adjective
  1. exemplary of a particular style
  2. exhibiting timeless quality
clutch Tweet Definition of clutch Like Definition of clutch on Facebook
noun
  1. A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car.
  2. The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
  3. A hand or claw, when it is grasping something firmly.
  4. A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
  5. A group or bunch, especially of eggs or baby birds.
  6. An important or critical situation.
verb (clutch, es)
  1. To grip or grasp tightly.
She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.
coach Tweet Definition of coach Like Definition of coach on Facebook
noun
  1. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  2. (rail) A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  3. A trainer or instructor.
  4. A single decked long-distance, or privately hired bus.
  5. (nautical) The forward part of the cabin space under the poop deck of a sailing ship; the fore-cabin under the quarter deck.
verb (coaches, coaching, coached)
  1. (sports) To train.
  2. To instruct.
She has coached many opera stars.
cockpit Tweet Definition of cockpit Like Definition of cockpit on Facebook
noun
  1. The space for pilot and crew in a helicopter, aircraft, boat or spacecraft.
  2. (context, nautical, obsolete) The compartment set aside for the care of wounded during naval engagements; the sickbay.
  3. (nautical) A well, usually near the stern, where the helm is located.
  4. An enclosure for cockfights.
compact Tweet Definition of compact Like Definition of compact on Facebook
noun
  1. An agreement or contract.
verb
  1. (transitive) To make more dense; to compress.
adjective
  1. Closely packed.
  2. Having all necessary features fitting neatly into a small space.
  3. (topology) close, Closed and bounded; having a finite subcover for every open cover.
compression Tweet Definition of compression Like Definition of compression on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of compressing, or the state of being compressed; compaction
  2. the cycle of an internal combustion engine during which the fuel and air mixture is compressed
  1. (computing) the process by which data is compressed
  2. (music) the electronic process by which any sound's gain is automatically controlled
compression ratio Tweet Definition of compression ratio Like Definition of compression ratio on Facebook
noun
  1. (automotive) The ratio of the volume between the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine and the piston before and after the compression stroke
  2. (computing) The ratio of the size of compressed data after the execution of some compression algorithm to the size of the original data.
console Tweet Definition of console Like Definition of console on Facebook
noun
  1. A cabinet designed to stand on the floor.
  2. A cabinet that controls, instruments, and displays are mounted upon.
  3. The keyboard and screen of a computer.
  4. A storage tray or container mounted between the seats of an automobile.
  5. A video game console, especially as opposed to a handheld.
  6. (architecture) An ornamental member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
verb (consol, ing)
  1. (transitive) To comfort (someone) in a time of grief, disappointment, etc.
cough Tweet Definition of cough Like Definition of cough on Facebook
noun
  1. (symptom) A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.
Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry .
  1. A condition that causes one to cough; a tendency to cough.
Sorry, I can't come to work today " I've got a nasty .
verb
  1. To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
I breathed in a load of smoke by mistake, and started to .
  1. To make a noise like a cough
The engine coughed and sputtered.
coupe Tweet Definition of coupe Like Definition of coupe on Facebook
noun
  1. an ice cream dessert; the glass it is served in
  2. A car with two doors (variant of coupé)
cowl Tweet Definition of cowl Like Definition of cowl on Facebook
noun
  1. A monk's hood or hooded robe
  2. A mask that covers the majority of the head.
  3. A metal protective covering that covers the engine; also cowling
  4. (nautical) A ship's ventilator with a bell-shaped top which can be swivelled to catch the wind and force it below
  5. (nautical) A vertical projection of a ship's funnel that directs the smoke away from the bridge
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
noun
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
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verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
cramp Tweet Definition of cramp Like Definition of cramp on Facebook
noun
  1. A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
  2. A clamp for carpentry or masonry.
verb
  1. (intransitive) (of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollable, uncontrollably.
    1. (transitive) To prohibit movement or expression.
You're cramping my style.
  1. (transitive) To restrain to a specific physical position.
You're going to need to the wheels on this hill.
crank Tweet Definition of crank Like Definition of crank on Facebook
noun
  1. (colloquial) an ill-tempered or nasty person
Billy-Bob is a nasty, old ! He chased my cat away.
  1. A bent piece of an axle, or shaft, or an arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a circular action to a wheel or other mechanical device and create power; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.
Use the on the motorcycle and go for a ride.
  1. The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.
Yes, a was all it needed to start.
  1. (slang) Methamphetamine.
Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub .
  1. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks. - Spenser.
  1. A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles. - Milton.
  1. (nautical) A ship which, because of insufficient or poorly stowed ballast or cargo, is in danger of overturning
verb
  1. To turn a .
Crank it up!
He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to .
  1. To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank
I turn the key and the engine; yet it doesn't turn over
  1. To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably.
Quit cranking about your spilt milk!
  1. To produce or present a desired object.
Crank out the beer!
  1. (intransitive, dated) To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
See how this river comes me cranking in. - w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
crankcase Tweet Definition of crankcase Like Definition of crankcase on Facebook
noun
  1. the part of an engine that contains the crankshaft
creeper Tweet Definition of creeper Like Definition of creeper on Facebook
noun
  1. Any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping
  2. a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
  3. a device which allows a small child to safely roam around a room from a seated or standing position
  4. (nautical) a small, four-hooked grapnel used to recover objects dropped onto the sea bed
cruise control Tweet Definition of cruise control Like Definition of cruise control on Facebook
noun
  1. a system that maintains a vehicle at constant set speed, usually until the brake or accelerator is pressed.
CVT Tweet Definition of CVT Like Definition of CVT on Facebook
initialism
  1. (automotive) continuously variable transmission
cylinder head Tweet Definition of cylinder head Like Definition of cylinder head on Facebook
noun
  1. A part of an internal-combustion engine, usually made as a removable piece, that closes one end of the engine's cylinders.

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