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steering gear

noun
1.
the apparatus or mechanism for steering a ship, automobile, bicycle, airplane, etc.
Origin of steering gear
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the Web for steering-gear
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  • "A break in the steering-gear," he declared, by way of explanation.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • "The balloon is almost ready, steering-gear and all," she said.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The trial trip of the first Zeppelin was short, because of accidents to the steering-gear, but on the whole was not unsuccessful.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • He's lying in there alongside the steering-gear with a face like death.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • At half past seven one shell completely destroyed the steering-gear.

    The Hero of Manila Rossiter Johnson
  • It wouldn't do to get something smashed about the steering-gear now.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • This was due to a slight accident of the preceding night that temporarily disabled her steering-gear.

  • Could he reverse the steering-gear in all that flame and smoke?

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • The shock, however, had put the steering-gear out of action.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • A moment later we were dismayed by the report that our steering-gear had been broken.

British Dictionary definitions for steering-gear

steering gear

noun
1.
any mechanism used for steering a vehicle, ship, aircraft, etc
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