from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a freight-car airbrake, the rod which connects the piston-rod of the air-cylinder with the brake-setting mechanism.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • There was one, for instance, near Colsterworth, where their first car (a two-cylinder roller-skate with overhead valves and partially exposed viscera, very sweet and willing but extremely second-hand) had dropped a push-rod; which, after a long search, they had recovered from the gutter a quarter of a mile behind.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • The exhaust valve in the cylinder head is then opened by means of the push-rod and rocker, and is held open until the piston has completed its upward stroke and returned through more than half its subsequent return stroke.

    A History of Aeronautics

  • The inlet and exhaust valves are located in the cylinder head, and both valves are mechanically operated by one push-rod and rocker, radial pipes from crank case to inlet valve casing taking the mixture to the cylinders.

    A History of Aeronautics

  • Beneath those angled creases lie all manner of bleeding-edge technology confirming the car's malicious intentions, including a carbon-fiber monocoque weighing just 325 pounds, Formula 1-inspired push-rod suspension and an ungodly powerful V-12 engine.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Distinctive characteristics: The first team to launch their 2011 model, Ferrari raised eyebrows by opting to stick with a push-rod rear suspension rather than copy Red Bull's pull-rod layout from last year. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • While automotive snobs may deride this engine for its push-rod architecture and its heritage than can be traced back to the original Chevrolet small block V8 of 1955, it is thoroughly modern.


  • The other thing that it does is a lot of our performance enthusiasts over the years are looking for performance upgrades for some of their push-rod engines and handling packs for some of their cars.

    Backstretch Motorsports

  • Diablo Upper, 5.56, which is a long-stroke gas-piston / op-rod (operating-rod a.k.a. push-rod) 5. 56x45mm NATO (5. 56mm NATO) / .223 Rem.

    Defense Review

  • Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear

    Top Speed

  • Neither of these vehicles will give you a fraction of the driving pleasure that once came from a push-rod V8 Mustang convertible or even a quirky, air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle; but the Soul and the Cube both have bullet-proof reliability, a gigantic amount of usable space inside and a tiny little four-cylinder engine that barely consumes fuel.

    CTV News RSS Feed


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.