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walking beam

noun, Machinery.
an overhead oscillating lever, pivoted at the middle, for transmitting force from a vertical connecting rod below one end to a vertical connecting rod, pump rod, etc., below the other end.
Origin of walking beam
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is the walking beam of his locomotion; controls his paddles and is developed in proportion to its uses.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • We say do not eliminate him—lift him up—make him what he naturally is and is in position to be—the walking beam of Business!

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The walking beam rose above a red-and-white-and-blue mass, like a sprained wrist escaping from its sling.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The alternate dripping from the candles will cause the tube to tip back and forth like a walking beam.

  • It will be noted that the walking beam is precisely of the Newcomen type.

  • Her walking beam was shot away, and great gaps appeared in her sides.

  • The rods are suspended from a heavy “walking beam” or lever, usually oscillated by a steam engine.

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