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[krangk-shaft, -shahft] /ˈkræŋkˌʃæft, -ˌʃɑft/

noun, Machinery.
a having one or more , usually formed as integral parts.
a shaft having one or more cranks, esp the main shaft of an internal-combustion engine to which the connecting rods are attached

1854, from crank (v.) + shaft (n.). The basic form of the mechanism appears to date from Roman times.


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