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differential gear

noun

, Machinery.
  1. any of various comparable arrangements of gears, as an epicyclic train.


differential gear

noun

  1. the epicyclic gear mounted in the driving axle of a road vehicle that permits one driving wheel to rotate faster than the other, as when cornering


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Word History and Origins

Origin of differential gear1

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example Sentences

Differential gear in main axle, with locking device when both traction wheels are required to pull out of a hole.

By bevel gears and a long shaft the power is conducted to the differential gear in connection with the rear wheels.

Engine has a new reversible eccentric, and differential gear, with usual fittings.

The nuts firm, the brakes in order, the sprockets running true with the differential gear?

Of the relative merits of different forms of differential gear there is little to be said.

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