countershaft

[koun-ter-shaft, -shahft]

Origin of countershaft

First recorded in 1860–65; counter- + shaft
Related formscoun·ter·shaft·ing, noun
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countershaft

noun
  1. an intermediate shaft that is driven by, but rotates in the opposite direction to, a main shaft, esp in a gear train
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