starting-lever love

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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lever attached to and operating a starting-gear; specifically, in vertical-beam engines with lifting poppet-valves, such as side-wheel marine engines, the lever which operates a supplementary rock-shaft by which the valve-rods are lifted in starting slowly from rest: used also for working the engine backward when it is not designed to operate in either direction by its own valve-gear.

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