from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point at the end of each stroke of a moving crank and connecting rod at which the two lie in the same straight line and the turning force applied by the connecting rod is zero. Also called dead point.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The position of the crank of a piston when it is in line with the connecting rod
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. either of two points in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by, the lever L.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mech., that position of the arms of a link-motion in which they coincide with the line of centers—that is, when the links are in the same straight line.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the position of a crank when it is in line with the connecting rod and not exerting torque
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