from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A transmission, usually by toothed wheels, in which only one pair of wheels or one pair of transmission elements is involved: usually one wheel and one pinion, for the gain of power and loss of speed or for a gain in velocity with corresponding reduction of power.


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