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swash plate

noun, Machinery
1.
an inclined circular plate on a rotating shaft for transferring force and motion to or from parts reciprocating in a direction parallel to the axis of shaft rotation.
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swash plate

noun
1.
(engineering) a collar or face plate on a shaft that is inclined at an oblique angle to the axis of rotation and either imparts reciprocating motion to push rods parallel to the shaft axis as in a swash plate pump or, conversely, converts reciprocating motion to rotation as in a swash plate motor Also called wobble plate
Word Origin
from swash (obsolete n) an oblique figure or ornament, from aswash: see swash letter
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