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power takeoff

an accessory unit or apparatus attached to an engine-powered machine and powered by the engine.
Abbreviation: PTO.
Origin of power takeoff
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Motor fuel or undyed special fuel used for powering auxiliary equipment that is powered by the power takeoff.
  • Retrieval speed can be adjusted by changing the tractor power takeoff speed.
  • The equipment may be powered by direct drive or a power takeoff.
  • They would have a power takeoff cable going down to the sea floor, coming together at a central junction box.
  • Most are powered by a tractor power takeoff or electricity.

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