Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A toothed wheel.
  • noun One of a set of cogged wheels within a mechanism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A wheel having teeth or cogs, used in transmitting motion by engaging the cogs of another similar wheel or of a rack; a geared wheel, or a gear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A wheel with cogs or teeth; a gear wheel. See Illust. of gearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A gear wheel
  • noun Something behaving in similar, jerky, manner as a cogwheel, e.g. cogwheel respiration as a side effect of hyperbaric medicine

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion

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Examples

  • The cogwheel railway climbs 4,550 feet through the Bernese Alps and takes passengers to an altitude of 11,225 feet to Europe's highest train station, offering views of the alpine landscape.

    Swiss Franc's Climb Puts a Chill on Tourism

  • If you help the tax payer, he will spend money which in turn will begin the cogwheel of business.

    The Last Word on the Tea Party « Gerry Canavan

  • I like the look of the book and would find the discussion of cogwheel trains interesting, especially were I back in the 2nd grade.

    Mountain-Climbing Trains « Awful Library Books

  • The mighty horizontal cogwheel had thick wooden spikes which in turn fitted into the crevices of another vertical cog, and these wheels put four heavy beams in motion.

    Rachel Cusk | Portraits

  • On the second day in Switzerland we took a scenic cogwheel up to the snowcapped Jungfrau, one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps.

    The Grace to Race

  • On the second day in Switzerland we took a scenic cogwheel up to the snowcapped Jungfrau, one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps.

    The Grace to Race

  • On the second day in Switzerland we took a scenic cogwheel up to the snowcapped Jungfrau, one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps.

    The Grace to Race

  • Louvered windows, giving onto the rear garden, are operated by an industrial cogwheel.

    Paris’s Luminous Secret

  • Angolatwo equal horizontal bands of red (top) and black with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete (in the style of a hammer and sickle)

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  • Burmared with a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 14, white, five-pointed stars encircling a cogwheel containing a stalk of rice; the 14 stars represent the seven administrative divisions and seven states

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  • this is what I heard the 'gear' (settings) icon in software called.

    October 28, 2017