Definition of push-pull in English:



  • 1[attributive] Operated by pushing and pulling.

    • ‘Lemo's easy to connect and disconnect push-pull connectors are available in more than 55,000 off-the-shelf versions.’
    • ‘This forces the works into a push-pull situation.’
    • ‘You're still working in the push-pull system from Week 3, but step it up in intensity, pairing exercises into supersets.’
    • ‘Dual-Safe's handgun lock box uses a push-pull latch for fast access.’
    • ‘Tapes will load using a push-pull motion that the drive participates in, eliminating the motion for automation of the robot.’
    • ‘Like elsewhere, colorfully painted local trains connected larger cities with smaller ones and operated continuously in push-pull fashion.’
    • ‘This push-pull effect is stronger the closer the second car gets to the first.’
    • ‘Frankly, I think it's going to be a push-pull effect.’
    • ‘A push drill is similar to a push-pull screwdriver in the respect that you operate the tool by the same movement.’
    • ‘This means that the heatsink fan combination moves air in a push-pull fashion.’
    • ‘The coolest aspect of podcasting to me is the nature of its automatic push-pull technology that fetches stuff for me.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the children have been placed in a push-pull situation, and impacted by the ongoing custody-access dispute.’
    • ‘The flight controls feature all push-pull rod primary controls and boosted ailerons.’
    • ‘If the ribbon drive is a push-pull drive system then the operation could be either intermittent or continuous.’
    • ‘The diesels and the new generation push-pull trains are chugging, but the sound of the trains is as lyrical as ever to them.’
    • ‘Instead, he focuses on the push-pull forces that simultaneously bind Johnny and Sarah's family and threaten to tear them apart.’
    • ‘Combining them so they appear harmonious and have no noticeable push-pull effect is also quite an achievement.’
    • ‘Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning continues this tense push-pull struggle with biography throughout its pages.’
    • ‘A marc locomotive and push-pull train were in the Camden station as we left to go to lunch.’
    • ‘Kiaer's idiosyncratic palette is filled with strong tonal contrasts, which add to the push-pull effect.’
    1. 1.1Electronics Having or involving two matched tubes or transistors that operate 180 degrees out of phase, conducting alternately for increased output.
      • ‘Designed for medical applications, a rugged push-pull connector offered by ODU-USA Inc. can withstand more than 1000 mating cycles.’
      • ‘The crosshead can be removed to conduct push-pull open-frame tests.’
      • ‘Fixed frequency, push-pull power stages tend to suffer lower noise while remaining easier to monitor during testing.’