from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any mechanical arrangement by which engines or other forms of machinery are started from rest: usually operated by hand in small units, but by power in larger ones.


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  • And when they had equipped themselves they climbed up, and the Frenchman explained the compressed-air starting-gear and the various methods of control to Dennis.

    With Haig on the Somme

  • The cranks were connected with the starting-gear of the motor.

    Stories of Inventors The Adventures of Inventors and Engineers

  • He moved, climbing high up, disappearing low down, with a restless, purposeful industry, and when he stood still, holding the guard-rail in front of the starting-gear, he would keep glancing to the right at the steam-gauge, at the water-gauge, fixed upon the white wall in the light of a swaying lamp.

    Typhoon, and other stories

  • As soon as the last bolt was in place, men tumbled over one another in their anxiety to get to the hand starting-gear, the wheel and worm, by which some engines can be moved when there is no steam aboard.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1


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