toggle joint

noun Machinery.
  1. any of various devices consisting basically of a rod that can be inserted into an object and then manipulated so that the inserted part spreads, becomes offset, or turns at a right angle to the exterior part, allowing it to be used as a support, handle, linkage, lever, etc.

Origin of toggle joint

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for toggle joint

Historical Examples of toggle joint

  • By stepping upon this toggle-joint at its apex, the floor-board will be forced into place.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler

  • You can easily apply all the pressure required by using two short boards on the principle of the toggle-joint.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler


British Dictionary definitions for toggle joint

toggle joint

noun
  1. a device consisting of two arms pivoted at a common joint and at their outer ends and used to apply pressure by straightening the angle between the two arms
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