One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of an internal combustion engine) having more than two valves per cylinder, typically four (two inlet and two exhaust)‘a multivalve engine’‘a switch to multivalve technology’
- ‘Under the bonnet, the engines will all be the latest multivalve units which have been modified to cope with the 2005 EU rules on emissions.’
- ‘More higher revving, multivalve 4-and 6-cylinder designs are replacing the old guard, bringing the fleet averages much closer to their rivals.’
- ‘The 1248 cc turbo-diesel engine - the smallest multivalve diesel engines in the world - produces 70 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 180Nm of torque at just 1750 rpm.’
- ‘The high-winding, multivalve engines were re-tuned for grunt work with new reinforced-plastic intake manifolds designed to boost the lower half of their torque curves.’
(of a shell etc.) having several valves.
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