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friction drive

noun, Automotive.
a power transmission system utilizing a set of friction gears so arranged that varying their positions relative to one another gives a wide range of speed ratios.
Origin of friction drive
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The "table" lever then operates the friction drive and raises the table filled with the boards to a vertical position.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner

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