Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
"distribution belt"

In the US that's usually called the timing belt. Timing because it maintains the timing of the camshaft to the crankshaft, though naturally its primary purpose is to drive the camshaft. It is sometimes called the camshaft drive belt.
Or maybe it's because it's used to drive the distributor... and when we adjust the points, it is called adjusting the timing.