friction drive


: a power-transmission system that transmits motion by surface friction instead of teeth

Examples of friction drive in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of friction drive was in 1907

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“Friction drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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