from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for the conversion of rotary and linear motion, consisting of a pinion and a mated rack.
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- n. A pair of gears, consisting of a circular pinion that engages with the teeth of a flat bar, that converts rotational into linear motion; used in the steering mechanism of cars, and in some railways
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- n. a wheel gear (the pinion) meshes with a toothed rack; converts rotary to reciprocating motion (and vice versa)
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