jackscrew

noun
jack·​screw | \ ˈjak-ˌskrü How to pronounce jackscrew (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The item, called a jackscrew, is used to raise or lower the angle of the horizontal part of the plane’s tail. Washington Post, "How a Boeing Safety Feature Became a Suspect in Crashes," 27 Sep. 2019 The landing gear was extended and measurement of the left and right wing flap jackscrews corresponded to a flaps retracted setting. BostonGlobe.com, "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019

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circa 1735, in the meaning defined above

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“Jackscrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackscrew. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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