worm' gear"

1. a mechanism consisting of a worm engaging with and driving a worm wheel, the two axes usually being at right angles, used where a relatively low speed and a relatively large amplification of power are desired.
2. Also called worm wheel. a gear wheel driven by a worm. Also,worm'gear".

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