[ roh-luh-mahyt ]

  1. Sometimes Rolamite . a simple, almost frictionless mechanism consisting of a flexible metal band formed in an S-shaped loop around moving rollers: used in many devices, including thermostats, odometers, brakes, and electromechanical weapons.

Origin of rolamite

First recorded in 1965–70; from rol(l) and an unknown element; invented by U.S. engineer Donald F. Wilkes (1931–96) and patented by him in 1969

Words Nearby rolamite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024