- a train of gears, as in a timepiece.
Origin of wheelwork
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The wheelwork of the great modern machine is infinitely delicate.The Simple Life
Alexander Bain in 1846 suggested enclosing the wheelwork in the rotator.
A small carriage geared to the wheelwork traversed its length, carrying electromagnetic signals.
This it is which makes the water run; this it is which enables the running water to move the wheelwork inserted into its channel.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal Vol. XVII. No. 418. New Series.
William and Robert Chambers
- an arrangement of wheels in a machine, esp a train of gears
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