cog·​wheel | \ ˈkäg-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce cogwheel (audio) \

Definition of cogwheel

: a wheel with cogs : gear sense 6a(2)

Examples of cogwheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "View from one of the best scenic rail journeys in Europe," 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, "The Swiss mountain that’s changing forever," 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,, "Family Builds $3.8 Billion Fortune, One Pint of Blood at a Time," 13 May 2020 Lovelace kept up a correspondence with the English inventor Charles Babbage, who worked his whole life on a huge brass cogwheel engine that could compute logarithmic tables, to be used by astronomers and navigators. Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "Living in Alan Turing’s Future," 19 Jan. 2020 Like the travelers, Punkka rode a cogwheel train from Kleine Scheidegg through a tunnel under the mountain to get there. Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, "How a photographer got this amazing mountaintop shot," 9 Dec. 2019 Cap off your time here with a journey by cogwheel train past picturesque mountain villages to arrive at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 Spenuzza recalls potty training her youngest son, then 2 years old, on cogwheel trains in Switzerland. Aliese Muhonen, Daily Pilot, "International Latino Book Award finalist writes a travel memoir spanning 50 years and 125 countries," 24 July 2019 This is his battlefield against cogwheels, fan belts, carburetors and radiators, spark plugs, and batteries. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cogwheel

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cogwheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cogwheel

: a wheel with cogs


cog·​wheel | \ ˈkäg-ˌhwēl How to pronounce cogwheel (audio) , -ˌwēl \

Kids Definition of cogwheel

: a wheel with cogs on the rim

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