- the space between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow for a film of lubricant, binding from heat expansion and eccentricity, or manufacturing inaccuracies.
- play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.
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The backlash to unrest in the ’60s gave the country Richard Nixon, one study found.Violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion|German Lopez|August 28, 2020|Vox
This lack of oversight led to situations like the mask backlash that resulted in all the major exhibitors reversing course to require face coverings.
The Catholic Church considered the bloomers worn by female players as inappropriate and women’s basketball faced a backlash.This Hoops Hotbed Is Set to Take Off|Pallabi Munsi|August 20, 2020|Ozy
That project, known as Renape, faced criticism from within the military and a backlash from the government technicians building it because of its lack of transparency and the threats it posed to freedom and privacy.Brazil is sliding into techno-authoritarianism|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The decision immediately sparked a backlash, as researchers accused the lab of pulling a stunt.
None of these, though, has inspired quite the same backlash as fluoride.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers|Stereo Williams|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The state was in a deep recession as Duke galvanized a racial backlash.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise|Jason Berry|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Facing a political backlash, they reversed course in 2011 and announced that the military commission process would be restarted.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vieira dumped his personal Facebook page a few weeks ago, partly in anticipation of more backlash that will come with the show.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid|Nina Strochlic|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he was sure of its source; it had not been any backlash of the Red caller!The Defiant Agents|Andre Alice Norton
Extrapolating Russian history, it would be reasonable to expect a backlash in the form of a counterrevolution.
As these unpleasant truths emerge, the bitterness, resentment and disillusionment will grow and a backlash will develop.
The backlash of that blast must have caught the majority of the lights also.Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton