idle wheel

idle wheel
noun
a pulley on a shaft that presses against a guide belt to guide or tighten it
Syn: ↑idle pulley, ↑idler pulley
Hypernyms: ↑pulley, ↑pulley-block, ↑pulley block, ↑block

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  • Idle wheel — Idle I dle, a. [Compar. {Idler}; superl. {Idlest}.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idle wheel — Mach. 1. a wheel for transmitting power and motion between a driving and a driven part, either by friction or by means of teeth. 2. See idle pulley. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • idle wheel — i′dle (or i′dler) wheel n. mac a wheel for transmitting power and motion between a driving and a driven part, either by friction or by means of teeth • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • idle wheel — noun an intermediate wheel between two geared wheels, to allow them to rotate in the same direction …   English new terms dictionary

  • Idle — I dle, a. [Compar. {Idler}; superl. {Idlest}.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Idle pulley — Idle I dle, a. [Compar. {Idler}; superl. {Idlest}.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idle — adj. & v. adj. (idler, idlest) 1 lazy, indolent. 2 not in use; not working; unemployed. 3 (of time etc.) unoccupied. 4 having no special basis or purpose (idle rumour; idle curiosity). 5 useless. 6 (of an action, thought, or word) ineffective,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • idle pulley — noun a pulley on a shaft that presses against a guide belt to guide or tighten it • Syn: ↑idler pulley, ↑idle wheel • Hypernyms: ↑pulley, ↑pulley block, ↑pulley block, ↑block * * * Mach. a loose pulley made to press or rest on a belt in order to …   Useful english dictionary

  • idle pulley — Mach. a loose pulley made to press or rest on a belt in order to tighten or guide it. Also, idler pulley. Also called idle wheel. [1885 1890] * * * …   Universalium

  • In idle — Idle I dle, a. [Compar. {Idler}; superl. {Idlest}.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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