- (in a reciprocating engine) the mechanism for opening and closing the valves at certain points in each stroke.
Also called valve train.
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Examples from the Web for valve gear
One form of valve-gear is the link motion invented by Stephenson.
The devices for controlling the steam are the throttle-valve and the valve-gear.
The valve-gear and the feed-pumps were worked from the engine-shaft.
The valve-gear is the Stephenson link, as in the ordinary engine.
The valve-gear of this engine, a view of which is given in Fig. 27, was quite similar to that used on the Watt pumping-engine.
- a mechanism that operates the valves of a reciprocating engine, usually involving the use of cams, pushrods, rocker arms, etc
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