- an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.[1940-45, Amer.]
* * *Automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed, fast acceleration, or sporty appearance.A wide range of automobiles may be called hot rods, including some of those used in drag racing as well as those used in recreational cruising. They may be composed of used or new parts. Some are intended primarily for exhibition.
* * *▪ carprivately designed and built automobile constructed along individualistic lines to provide maximum starting acceleration; it is most popular in the United States. Hot-rod competition is largely confined to acceleration contests (see drag racing), but hot rods may also compete in various classes against time or distance in speed and endurance attempts. Many national and international records, some previously held by large manufacturers, fell to hot-rod builders and drivers in the period following World War II. A wide range of automobiles may be called hot rods, and no definition of the term is universally accepted. The cars may be constructed of components from many makes of old or new automobiles. Many are intended primarily for exhibition rather than for racing or everyday driving.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Hot-rod — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Hot rod (homonymie). Hot rod de style classique Hot rod est une appellation venant de … Wikipédia en Français
Hot Rod — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Hot rod (homonymie). Hot rod de style classique Hot rod est une appellation venant de … Wikipédia en Français
hot-rod — also hot rod, 1945, Amer.Eng., from HOT (Cf. hot) + ROD (Cf. rod), apparently in a sense of hunk of metal (the cars also were called hot iron) … Etymology dictionary
hot-rod — hot′ rod′ v. i. rod•ded, rod•ding 1) cvb to drive a hot rod 2) cvb aum inf to drive very fast • Etymology: 1945–50 hot′ rod′der, n … From formal English to slang
hot rod — ► NOUN ▪ a motor vehicle that has been specially modified to give it extra power and speed. ► VERB (hot rod) 1) modify (a vehicle or other device) to make it faster or more powerful. 2) drive a hot rod. DERIVATIVES hot rodder noun … English terms dictionary
hot-rod — /hot rod /, v., hot rodded, hot rodding. Slang. v.i. 1. to drive a hot rod. 2. to drive very fast. v.t. 3. to drive (a vehicle) very fast. 4. to adapt (a vehicle or its engine) for increased speed. [1945 50] * * * … Universalium
hot´-rod´ — hot rod, U.S. Slang. 1. a) an automobile with a rebuilt motor for faster starts and higher speeds. b) a car specially rebuilt to meet certain racing standards. 2. = hot rodder. (Cf. ↑hot rodder) –hot´ rod´, adjective … Useful english dictionary
hot rod — hot rods N COUNT A hot rod is a fast car used for racing, especially an old car fitted with a new engine. [INFORMAL] … English dictionary
hot rod — ☆ hot rod n. Slang 1. an automobile, usually an old one stripped of extraneous parts, adjusted or rebuilt for quick acceleration and great speed 2. HOT RODDER … English World dictionary
hot rod — n AmE informal an old car that has been fitted with a powerful engine to make it go faster … Dictionary of contemporary English
hot rod — hot ,rod noun count INFORMAL a car whose engine has been changed so it can go much faster … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English