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cylinder head

noun
1.
(in a reciprocating engine or pump) a detachable plate or cover on the end opposite to that from which the piston rod or connecting rod projects.
Origin of cylinder head
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • If valve was blocked to open rear port slightly, this would provide for lubrication and the cylinder head need not be loosened.

  • Nickel steel valves are used and are carried in castings or cages which screw into bosses in the cylinder head.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • The whole mechanism is kept rigidly in place by the flanged hub, r, bolted securely to the cylinder head, F.

  • Exhaust valves, seating directly in the cylinder head, are removable through the inlet valve holes.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • The valves are placed directly in the cylinder head and are operated by a common pushrod.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • All valves in cylinder head, actuated by a single push and pull lever worked by a single cam.

  • The intake valve is withdrawn by the use of special tools through the cylinder head, the exhaust valve being first dismounted.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • First off I thought Martha was goin' to choke or blow a cylinder head, I didn't know which.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Sometimes one cylinder head is cast in the same piece with the engine frame.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • Then she unscrewed the cylinder head and dumped out the documents in the famous Carden case.

    The Tracer of Lost Persons Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for cylinder head

cylinder head

noun
1.
the detachable metal casting that fits onto the top of a cylinder block. In an engine it contains part of the combustion chamber and in an overhead-valve four-stroke engine it houses the valves and their operating mechanisms Sometimes shortened to head
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