Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An engine shaft fitted with a cam or cams.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shaft fitted with cams; especially one in a piston engine that activates the valves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a shaft that has cams attached to it, forming part of a mechanical device.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shaft with cams or wipers used to lift the pestles of stamping-mills.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. has cams attached to it

Etymologies

cam +‎ shaft (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Extending immediately below the camshaft is another vertical shaft, driven by bevel gears from the crank-shaft, and terminating in a worm which drives the multiple piston oil pumps.

    A History of Aeronautics

  • For maximum power, the solenoid valve is always closed and full valve opening is achieved following completely the mechanical camshaft, which is specifically designed to maximise power at high engine speed (long opening time).

    gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

  • The overhead valves (one intake and one exhaust for each cylinder) are operated by pushrods and rockers from the camshaft, which is mounted in four bearings in the crankcase.

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  • You probably won’t want to break down the engine to see if the camshaft is a few too many thousandths worn from driving lifter number seven.

    The RVer’s Bible

  • The engine also has a sportbike-derived chain-and-gear camshaft drive system that allows for a short/narrow cylinder head design and reduced overall engine height.

    Quad 2009 ATV Buyers Guide

  • And aluminum makes up most of the entire engine, a 2.4 liter I4 double overhead camshaft affair producing 168 horses and 167 foot pounds of torque.

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  • But, with a new camshaft and a beefed up crankshaft, the engine is built to withstand the additional torque load that delivers all across the rpm range.

    Quad 2009 ATV Buyers Guide

  • No gears, no chain - a disk wheel was attached directly to the camshaft.

    history of technology

  • The bump in fuel economy is due to a change in the 3. 7-liter V6 engine, which now uses twin independent variable camshaft timing to increase output and efficiency.

    2011 Lincoln MKX: Power and fuel economy increases

  • The bump in fuel economy is due to a change in the 3.7-liter V6 engine, which now uses twin independent variable camshaft timing to increase output and efficiency.

    2011 Lincoln MKX: Power and fuel economy increases

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