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worm wheel

  1. worm gear(def 2).
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Origin of worm wheel

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsworm-wheel, adjective
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Historical Examples of worm wheel

  • The worm-wheel which meshes into this screw is solid with the dial, as shown at C.

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  • The cutter worm acting as a screw causes the worm-wheel to rotate upon its axis, and therefore to feed to the cutter.

  • In addition to this two stationary supports may be placed beneath the worm-wheel (one on each side of the cutter).

  • It may here be shown that a worm-wheel may be made to work correctly with a square thread.

  • The live spindle is driven by a worm-wheel, provided around the circumference of the face plate.