from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mechanism by which a constant speed of rotation in a motor may cause a varying speed of the driving-wheels, and hence of the whole of the motor-vehicle.
- n. The train of wheels used in feed-mechanisms for lathes and similar tools, by which changes can be made in the relative number of turns per minute for the driving and driven shafts. Sometimes called change-qear.
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The change-speed lever is on the right hand, and by its side is another notched lever which applies a band brake to each of the rear-wheel hubs.
The main driving mechanism is designed either as a change-speed drive or as a stepless drive.
This is done, as a rule, via change-speed drives which must be operated when the machine is at rest or is slowing down.
Then with a word of warning to my companion, I pulled at the change-speed lever.
"How go on with a change-speed lever broken short off, close to the quadrant?" he shrilled out in French.
"But I have no doubt it will be in good marching order by the time it is wanted, as my chauffeur was to rise at four, knock up a mechanic at some shop in the village, and make the new change-speed lever which was broken yesterday.