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waste gate

noun, Automotive.
1.
a valve in a turbocharger unit that automatically opens when a predetermined engine speed is reached, so that some of the exhaust gas to the turbine is diverted and the engine speed does not become excessive.
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  • There are remnants of the waste gate masonry, but there is no indication that they have been of any practical use for a long time.

    The Johnstown Flood Richard K. Fox

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