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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A split-nut; in a lathe, the nut which clasps the lead-screw. It can be thrown out of gear when desired, so as to release the screw from the work and wear of driving the carriage, or when hand operation of the feed-mechanism is preferred.


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