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chain drive

a driving mechanism transmitting power by means of an endless chain.
Origin of chain drive
First recorded in 1900-05
Related forms
[cheyn-driv-uh n] /ˈtʃeɪnˌdrɪv ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chain drive
Historical Examples
  • The chain drive is like the direct-geared except that it substitutes a chain and two sprockets for two gears.

    Paper-Cutting Machines

    Niel, Jr., Gray
  • The chain drive should be retained, but one of the cranks removed and a handle substituted for the remaining pedal.

  • There has been considerable difference of opinion as regards the comparative efficiency of chain drive and belt drive.

  • Some of the light-weight models are using belt drive, but chain drive is generally conceded to be superior.

  • The chain drive offered a very simple and inexpensive method of providing for a completely flexible range of speed ratios.

  • The very substantial advantages of the chain drive were not, however, obtained at no cost.

  • They are likely to have straight spur transmission gears, and a straight spur or chain drive, all carefully protected from dust.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
British Dictionary definitions for chain drive

chain drive

(engineering) a chain of links passing over sprockets that transmits rotation from one shaft to another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for chain drive

a mechanical device which transmits power from an engine by means of a moving chain, esp. for a vehicle's wheels or boat's propeller; also called chain transmission's 21st Century Lexicon
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