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  • verb Present participle of reciprocate.
  • adjective That moves backwards and forwards.


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  • That's what I call reciprocating a man's affection. "

    The Spoilers Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • a main reciprocating steam engine, and direct steam driven pumps and auxiliary machinery; a paradise of mechanics.

    Martin L. Perl - Autobiography 1996

  • Now I realize that Sawzall ™ is a brand name of the Milwaukee Corporation, and that this tool is properly called a reciprocating saw, but I'm here to tell you, whether your reciprocating saw is made by DeWalt, Makita, Ryobi, or whoever, you will still call it a sawzall.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper By Jane Powell 2010

  • It is fair to say that we see this law at work: as online gatherings get more focused on a particular subject, or broadened geographically, they diminish the chances of enabling the kind of reciprocating community – the kind of neighborhood – which is most naturally found when geography is focused and interests broadened.

    Canoes and Online Communities: Front Porch Forum 2009

  • He eventually partnered with the practical Matthew Boulton, who helped him to develop the "reciprocating" engine that would soon power textile mills all over England.

    Mind, Money and Machine 2008

  • Lower-power systems can use positive displacement configurations (designs) such as reciprocating (piston) or vane-type expanders.

    Chapter 15 1982

  • What little was left caused blocks of metal to thump foolishly back-and-forth (hence the name 'reciprocating') and thence through a linkage to cause a shaft and flywheel to spin around.

    The Rolling Stones Heinlein, Robert A. 1952

  • These are two links that are made independently of each other simply because you, and the "reciprocating" site find each other's content valuable.

    Search Engine Guide : Small Business Search Marketing 2010

  • By not "reciprocating," non-followers are showing they

    Traffick 2009

  • "I don't think we're going to get there unless there's a sense that the Cuban government is willing to give some kind of reciprocating gesture," said Susan Purcell, director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the

    South Florida Business News - Local South Florida News | The South Florida Business Journal 2009


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