from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In machinery See beam, 2 .


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  • The massive walking-beam rose and fell above the deck; at one end a piston-rod worked up and down; and at the other was a connecting-rod which, in changing the rectilinear motion to a circular one, was directly connected with the shaft of the paddles.

    Around the World in 80 Days

  • Although the other boat beat the _Champion_ into port, the crowd there had seen the odd spectacle of a person mounted on the walking-beam of the second vessel, and, wondering over the cause, paid no attention to the landing of the first boat, but awaited the arrival of the other.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • It kept its place until the walking-beam was cast away, and the American horizontal engine came into almost universal use.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • The walking-beam was retained, not for the purpose for which it is often used now, but because it was indispensable to his semi-atmospheric engine.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • The walking-beam heaved up and down with many a painful creak.

    Janice Day at Poketown

  • It was a perilous situation to be employed in, but I am unable to find the record of any "walking-beam boy" being killed or injured in the machinery.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • By and by he made his lofty position easier and more picturesque by straddling the walking-beam, well down toward the end, just as he would have sat upon a horse.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • After a while, though, other steamboats operating low-pressure engines copied the idea, and there were several "walking-beam boys" employed on the rivers, and their flags were remodeled to have some distinctive feature each.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • Without another word, the lad climbed up over the roof of the forecastle, and, fearlessly catching hold of the end of the walking-beam when it inclined toward him with the next oscillation of the engine, swung himself lithely on top of the machinery.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas

  • Here, too, was raw material organized: a fly-wheel, large enough to keep the knobbiest of asteroids revolving without a wabble; a cross-head, cross-tail, and piston-rod, to help a great sea-going steamer breast the waves; a light walking-beam, to whirl the paddles of a fast boat on the river; and other members of machines, only asking to be put together and vivified by steam and they would go at their work with a will.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862


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