American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A system of gears and associated elements by which motion is transferred within a machine.
- n. The act or technique of providing with gears.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gear; dress; harness.
- n. In machinery, the parts collectively by which motion communicated to one part of a machine is transmitted to another; specifically, a train of toothed wheels for transmitting motion. There are two chief sorts of toothed gearing, namely, spur-gearing and beveled gearing. In the former the teeth are arranged round either the concave or the convex surface of a cylindrical wheel in the direction of radii from the center of the wheel, and are of equal depth throughout. In beveled gearing the teeth are placed upon the exterior periphery of a conical wheel in a direction converging to the apex of the cone, and the depth of the tooth gradually diminishes from the base. See
bevel, and cut under bevel-gear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Harness.
- n. (Mach.) The parts by which motion imparted to one portion of an engine or machine is transmitted to another, considered collectively; ; esp., a train of wheels for transmitting and varying motion in machinery.
- n. wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
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“The aim of my invention is to so modify this system of gearing that the secondary pinions may receive a very slow motion in relation to that of the primary driving shaft, whereby the gearing is the better adapted for the driving of the fertilizer-distributers of grain drills from the main axle, and for other special uses.”
“The winch upon which is exerted the stress that is to effect the lifting or the descent of the bridge is fixed upon the shaft of the pinion of the said gearing, which is also provided with a flywheel, c.”
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