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continuously variable transmission

noun, Automotive, Machinery.
a transmission, typically using rubber belts and pulleys, in which the ratio of the rotational speeds of two shafts, as the drive shaft and driven shaft of a vehicle, can be varied continuously within a given range, providing an infinite number of possible ratios.
Abbreviation: CVT. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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