Definition of drawbar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrôbär/


1A bar on a vehicle to which something can be attached to pull it or be pulled.
Example sentences
  • They come from carelessness, no cover on PTO, working in the night or the day, tipping trailers under ESB cables, riding on drawbars, and a host of other practices.
  • Danger must be avoided and riding on the drawbar, coming out of the cab without disengaging the PTO, tipping loads under power cables, driving without brakes, or leaning out of the cab can only end in disaster.
  • Some very ambitious figures for horsepower of the ‘Big Boys’ have been bandied about, but I think 7,000 hp at the drawbar, and maybe 9,000 in the cylinders is about enough.
1.1A coupler on a railroad car.
Example sentences
  • The cars are semi-permanently connected by drawbars instead of couplers, so the noise of banging buffer plates and diaphragms is eliminated.
  • The value of this and of the larger grate is reflected in the fact that 11% more of the total heat units available in the coal fired is actually delivered in useful work at the drawbar in the new locomotive, than in the old.
2One of a number of bars that may be pulled out to control harmonics on an electric organ.
Example sentences
  • In the Hammond organ, the fundamental and up to eight harmonics were available and were controlled by means of drawbars and preset keys or buttons.
  • Also, the MIDI implementation enables you to create a true dual-manual organ with bass pedals, a swell pedal and faders to control the drawbars.
  • An EX Mode links all 18 drawbars for a full 13 tonal harmonics and up to five variable percussion harmonics on the upper manual, with two software drawbars available on the lower.

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Syllabification: draw·bar

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