worm wheel


: a toothed wheel gearing with the thread of a worm

Examples of worm wheel 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

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'worm wheel.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of worm wheel was in 1677

Dictionary Entries Near worm wheel

Cite this Entry

“Worm wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worm%20wheel. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!