from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large gear on a horizontal axis at the end of a rolling-mill: so called because a pit is made for it to allow the rolls to come close to the floor.


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  • He began by lighting the kiln fire and cleaning out the pit-wheel, and then on to the opening the flood-gates in the morning and regulating the action of the water-wheel according to the work of the day.

    The Manxman A Novel - 1895


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