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Definition: Also called a "blower," a supercharger is a device that forces more air and fuel into the engine to increase horsepower. Unlike a turbocharger, a supercharger is belt or gear driven and provides instant boost pressure to the engine at all speeds. The term is frequently applied only to mechanically driven compressors, but it actually encompasses all varieties of compressors-including turbochargers.

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