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cogwheel

[kog-hweel, -weel]
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noun
  1. (not in technical use) a gearwheel, especially one having teeth of hardwood or metal inserted into slots.
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Origin of cogwheel

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at cog1, wheel
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Historical Examples

  • But it will be the test-tube and not the cogwheel that will make the money.

    The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3

    Various

  • A cogwheel stuck at Lige, another may stick before long, and it all depends on how the machine can adjust itself.

    The German War

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • As one of the spokes of the cogwheel is rotated past (L), the spring is lifted and released, and (T) delivers a sharp tap.

  • Over the altar you may see his bust in marble, and over it a figure of Genius with a cogwheel in her hand.

    Cheshire

    Charles E. Kelsey

  • He carefully examined the cogwheel, to which bits of flesh and of the torn shirt still adhered.


British Dictionary definitions for cogwheel

cogwheel

noun
  1. another name for gearwheel
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