Definition of supercharge in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpətʃɑːdʒ
, ˈsjuː-/


[with object] (usually as adjective supercharged)
  • 1Fit or design (an internal-combustion engine) with a supercharger: a supercharged 3.8-litre V6
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    • Raising the compression ratio or supercharging an engine increases cylinder pressure, and it is this which increases the power - not the fuel itself.
    • The traction drive is already in production for conventional mechanical supercharging applications and has completed extensive durability trials in automotive, industrial and aerospace applications.
    • In some cases, the technology exceeds that of the Pro classes; for instance, in certain Comp classes, racers can use electronic fuel injection, turbocharging, supercharging, or nitrous oxide.
  • 1.1Supply with extra energy or power: a supercharged computer
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    • Like the storms they often feature, such books get their energy from the supercharged immediacy of the event.
    • Companies are differentiating themselves by how they use technology to supercharge the assets they already have.
    • The magnitude of the task only served to supercharge the workers.
  • 1.2 (as adjective supercharged) Having powerful emotional overtones or associations: appeasement is one of those supercharged words, like terrorism and fascism
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    • No romanticizing here; you wouldn't want to meet many of these young men on a dark street, although most of their damage has been inflicted on rivals in the specially supercharged L.A. gang world.

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