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

  • n. The metal case enclosing the crankshaft and associated parts in a reciprocating engine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the part of an engine that contains the crankshaft

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the housing for a crankshaft and connecting parts in an internal-combustion engine.

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

  • n. housing for a crankshaft


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