swash plate

or swash·plate

noun Machinery.

an inclined circular plate on a rotating shaft for transferring force and motion to or from parts reciprocating in a direction parallel to the axis of shaft rotation.

Nearby words

  1. swarthy,
  2. swartkrans ape-man,
  3. swartzite,
  4. swash,
  5. swash letter,
  6. swashbuckle,
  7. swashbuckler,
  8. swashbuckling,
  9. swashing,
  10. swashingly

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for swash plate

swash plate


engineering a collar or face plate on a shaft that is inclined at an oblique angle to the axis of rotation and either imparts reciprocating motion to push rods parallel to the shaft axis as in a swash plate pump or, conversely, converts reciprocating motion to rotation as in a swash plate motorAlso called: wobble plate

Word Origin for swash plate

from swash (obsolete n) an oblique figure or ornament, from aswash: see swash letter

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012