from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device used to absorb mechanical shocks, as a hydraulic or pneumatic piston used to dampen the jarring sustained in a moving motor vehicle.
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- n. A mechanical device designed to smooth out or damp any sudden shock impulse and dissipate kinetic energy; usually consists of a combination of a spring and a dashpot
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- n. a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
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You want a really good shock absorber system between the plate and the ship.