Definition of tickover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪkˌəʊvə/


[mass noun]
The lowest number of revolutions per minute that an engine will run at without stalling.
Example sentences
  • The JTD engine does produce a little diesel rattle on tickover but it stirs into life once you move off, creating a very satisfying note in tune with its sporty looks.
  • There is a gentle tick at tickover, justifying the term's name, but on the move there is very little of the usual diesel gruffness.
  • I had to burn off the height to get down to the landing and I cut the engine back to tickover and pulled on some slipping turns.

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