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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lever or handle by which the period at which a spark passes between terminals in an internal-combustion motor is controlled: used especially in motor-cars and motor-cycles, where such control of the instant of ignition is very important, as the resistance to be overcome or the desired speed may vary. Spark-levers are usually on the steering-post of motor-cars, and on the handle-bars of motor-cycles.


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  • I pushed the spark-lever close to the reversing point, and opened her throttle wide.

    The River and I

  • I struck the spark-lever; the howling stopped, -- and we were floating in the slow waters below Dauphin Rapids.

    The River and I


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