from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The apparatus connected with or operating a switch upon an electric circuit.
  • n. The apparatus connected with or operating a railway switch, usually forming part of an interlocking mechanism.
  • n. A toothed wheel used to transmit motion or power to a switch of either of the above kinds.


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  • The European Union's second-highest court upheld a €397 million $551 million fine levied against German conglomerate Siemens for having operated a cartel in gas-insulated switch-gear, but reduced penalties imposed on Siemens's Austria subsidiaries and on French power-generation firm Alstom and nuclear giant Areva.

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  • For example, the enormous switch-gear manufacturer Huawei describes itself as "owned by its employees," a hardly credible assertion.

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  • We visited the high-tech plant of Alcatel in Pudong, the prime industrial developing zone of Shanghai, and were shown a film of the switch-gear assembly plant.

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  • Because of the shape of the switch-gear the installation room will be well utilized.

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  • Also, some of the plastic on the consol and switch-gear is way too down-market.

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  • a decent load, and then saw that the switch-gear belonging to this particular generator was in order.

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