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underdrive

[ uhn-der-drahyv ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌdraɪv /
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noun
a speed-reducing gear device in a motor vehicle that causes the output drive shaft to rotate at a slower rate.
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Origin of underdrive

First recorded in 1925–30; under- + drive
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