walking beam

  1. an overhead oscillating lever, pivoted at the middle, for transmitting force from a vertical connecting rod below one end to a vertical connecting rod, pump rod, etc., below the other end.

Origin of walking beam

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby walking beam

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How to use walking beam in a sentence

  • As the shot had hit the walking-beam of the steamer, it was not probable that she was seriously injured in her hull, if at all.

  • One end of the walking-beam reaches to the center line of the well, where it connects with the pump shaft.

    Farm Mechanics | Herbert A. Shearer
  • The other end of the walking-beam is operated by a pitman shaft connecting with a crank wrist pin near the ground.

    Farm Mechanics | Herbert A. Shearer
  • Another swivel connects the upper end of the pitman shaft with the walking-beam.

    Farm Mechanics | Herbert A. Shearer
  • The rods are suspended from a heavy “walking beam” or lever, usually oscillated by a steam engine.