Worm-wheel

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Worm-wheel a wheel gearing with an endless screw or worm, receiving or imparting motion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wyrm, dragon, snake, creeping animal; cog. with Goth. waurms, a serpent, Ice. ormr, Ger. wurm; also with L. vermis.

Usage

In literature:

And why should other worms complain to me when they are trodden on, since I am myself lying crushed and writhing under the chariot-wheel?
"The Black Dwarf" by Sir Walter Scott
The Catherine wheels became mere revolving glow-worms.
"The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
An old dilapidated mill, whose worm-eaten wheels hung over the water, stood with its two arches across a little arm of the river.
"Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)" by Guy de Maupassant
An old dilapidated mill, whose worm-eaten wheels hung over the water, stood with its two arches across a little arm of the river.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
Gearing of a worm with a worm wheel.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
Thus the gray worms kept spinning-wheels in their heads.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Who wants a wheel to break a butterfly upon; or, to crush a worm who calls for a pavior's rammer?
"The Advocate" by Charles Heavysege
Wheels, worm gears and strange-looking levers were everywhere.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
A third central capstan, fitted forward of the windlass, is connected to the upright worm shaft by a horizontal shaft and bevel wheels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The shafts of both wheel and worm emerge through holes in the case.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin
Nearly akin to them are the Snout-worms (Rhynchocoela), and the small microscopic Wheel-worms (Rotifera).
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
A worm drives a worm wheel, which makes an electrical contact once for each 100 rotations of the worm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

Yet, not perverted, would my words imply
The impulse given by Heaven's great Artisan
Alike to man and worm, mere spring, whereby
The distant wheels of life, while time endures, roll on:
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

With the 3-D variant skin model, the contact pattern characteristics of the crossed helical gears and worms with enveloping worm wheels can be simulated.
In the KISSsoft Release 03/2012, the profiles for worms with enveloping worm wheel were enhanced.
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