from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mechanism used in motor-cars to steer the pair of wheels which guide the ear. Most motor-cars are steered by the control of the front wheels, which is given by mounting these wheels upon steering-knuckles on the front axle; the knuckles are held in position by links or rods connected to a sector, the latter being controlled by a screw on the post of the steering-wheel. If a lever tiller is used, the knuckle-arms are linked to an arm on the tiller upright or post. The wheel-steerer is preferred, since it is a self-locking or irreversible gear and is much less trying to the operator on long runs.
  • noun In traction-engines and road-rollers, a gear operated by chains wound upon a drum and drawing the front axle out of parallel with the rear or driving axle. This drum may be driven by worm and screw by hand, or it may be driven by power by reversing clutches or gear.
  • noun The handle-bar and connected parts for steering a tricycle, motor-cycle, or bicycle.
  • noun Nautical, the machinery by which the rudder is managed.


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  • We in the high place command the food of the Elsinore, but the mutineers have captured her steering-gear.


  • The steersman, vainly opposing with his full weight on the steering-gear, surrendered to the whirlpool and helped the boat to take the circle.

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  • In the darkness of night it would be an easy trick to disconnect the steering-gear from the short tiller on the rudder-head, and then, by re-rigging the preventer tackles, steer from both sides of the poop well enough for'ard to be out of the range of the ventilator.


  • This was due to a slight accident of the preceding night that temporarily disabled our steering-gear.

    Goliah 2010

  • And if she fails, she'll try to get her money back by saving the gear -- spars, you know, and patent steering-gear, and winches, and such things.

    Chapter 16 2010

  • No harm came to the North Dakota, and that night, the steering-gear being repaired, I gave orders to sail for San Francisco.

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  • The steering-gear supplier would likely conclude just the opposite.

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  • Five minutes later the infernal thing began to give trouble — a nut loose in the antiquated steering-gear.

    Greenmantle 2005

  • Forward of the propeller-well comes the reserve steering-gear, almost in the same position formerly occupied by the only steering-gear; the ordinary steering-gear is now moved to the bridge.

    The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the 'Fram', 1910 to 1912 2003

  • On the roof of the chart-house are the main steering-gear and the engine-room telegraph.

    The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the 'Fram', 1910 to 1912 2003


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