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  • n. An early power transmission system used extensively during the Industrial Revolution, with a single central power source distributing power to all of the machinery in a building.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a main shaft of considerable length, in a shop or factory, usually bearing a number of pulleys by which machines are driven, commonly by means of countershafts; -- called also line, or main line.


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