from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In machinery, that part of a machine at which the effect required is produced.


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  • We have before described her as a working machine, forever wound up to high-pressure working-point; and this being her nature, she trod down and crushed whatever stood in the way of her work, with as little compunction as if she had been a steam-engine or a power-loom.

    Oldtown Folks 1869


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