synchromesh

synchromesh

[sing-kruh-mesh] Automotive.
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to a synchronized shifting mechanism.
noun
2.
a synchronized shifting mechanism.
3.
any of the gears of such a mechanism.

Origin:
1925–30; synchro- + mesh

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synchromesh (ˈsɪŋkrəʊˌmɛʃ)
 
adj
1.  (of a gearbox, etc) having a system of clutches that synchronizes the speeds of the driving and driven members before engagement to avoid shock in gear changing and to reduce noise and wear
 
n
2.  a gear system having these features
 
[C20: shortened from synchronized mesh]

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