worm gear

noun

Definition of worm gear

2 : a gear of a worm and a worm wheel working together

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worm gear 2

Examples of worm gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, the gear geometry is such that, when the saw is on, the worm gear can turn the worm wheel, but not the other way around. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2021 And the saw should have more than enough power to handle typical dados, thanks to the 15-amp worm gear motor that powers it. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of worm gear

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Worm gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worm%20gear. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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