cog·​wheel ˈkäg-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce cogwheel (audio)
: a wheel with cogs : gear sense 6a(2)

Examples of cogwheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Book now with Via Rail Canada (starting at $242) Courtesy Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway If a day trip is more your speed, try hopping on the Jungfrau Railway cogwheel train, which carves its way through the Swiss Alps up to the highest rail station in all of Europe. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Oct. 2023 The train is designed for steep gradients, using toothed cogwheels under the locomotive that connect with a rail in the middle of the track to pull it up the mountain. Lori Rackl, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2023 Don't miss Mount Pilatus (via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway) and the Rigi for nature trails and a famous viewpoint overlooking three lakes. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 20 Apr. 2023 There are red cogwheel trains and cable cars. New York Times, 12 May 2022 The menu will likely be a cogwheel app icon in your app drawer or home screen. Toby Grey, BGR, 24 May 2022 Klaessy captured the idyllic scene during a boat ride, and then took a 30-minute trip on a cogwheel railway that dates to 1893 — with a gradient reaching 48% — up Mount Stanserhorn. Star Tribune, 11 Dec. 2020 To streamline the visitor experience further, the Eiger Express will act as a shortcut, directly connecting passengers from Eigergletscher Station to the final, cogwheel section of the Jungfraubahn. Mike MacEacheran, Travel, 5 Dec. 2020 Wedged between a dental office and a liquor store in a Pennsylvania strip mall, the place hardly looks like a cogwheel of international commerce. Emma Vickers,, 13 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cogwheel was in the 14th century

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“Cogwheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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cog·​wheel ˈkäg-ˌhwēl How to pronounce cogwheel (audio)
: a wheel with cogs

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