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valve gear

noun
  1. (in a reciprocating engine) the mechanism for opening and closing the valves at certain points in each stroke.
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Also called valve train.
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Examples from the Web for valve gear

Historical Examples

  • One form of valve-gear is the link motion invented by Stephenson.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • The devices for controlling the steam are the throttle-valve and the valve-gear.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • The valve-gear is the Stephenson link, as in the ordinary engine.

  • The valve-gear and the feed-pumps were worked from the engine-shaft.

  • The valve-gear of this engine, a view of which is given in Fig. 27, was quite similar to that used on the Watt pumping-engine.


British Dictionary definitions for valve gear

valve gear

noun
  1. a mechanism that operates the valves of a reciprocating engine, usually involving the use of cams, pushrods, rocker arms, etc
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