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After Austrian-born American inventor Oscar U. Zerk.
- (General American) IPA(key): /zɝk/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /zɜːk/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)k
zerk (plural zerks)
- A grease nipple.
- 2005, Roger Welsch, From Tinkering to Torquing, page 99:
- The moral is, if you don't keep grease in those zerks, you're going to be replacing some expensive parts. To grease through a zerk, you simply push the business end of a grease gun onto the zerk—it will pop right on with a little pressure—and work the handle until a bit of grease can be seen oozing out of the joint you are lubricating.
- 2007, Jim Allen, Jeep 4X4 Performance Handbook, page 97:
- A lot depends on which type of greaseable U-joint we are talking about. There are two basic types, those that have a zerk fitting at the center of the cross and those that are drilled but have the zerk in the cap. A tiny hole drilled down the center of a U-joint has no effect on strength but a zerk at the cross does.
- 2014, Tim Gilles, Automotive Service: Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, 5th edition, page 206:
- Figure 14.12 Wipe off the end of a zerk fitting before attaching the grease gun.
- ergative indefinite of zer; what
From Middle Dutch sarc, serc, from Vulgar Latin *sarcus, from Latin sarcophagus, from Ancient Greek σαρκοφάγος (sarkophágos).
zerk m (plural zerken, diminutive zerkje n)
- ^ Philippa, Marlies; Debrabandere, Frans; Quak, Arend; Schoonheim, Tanneke; van der Sijs, Nicoline (2003–2009) Etymologisch woordenboek van het Nederlands (in Dutch), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
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