[1] Similar to the rattrap type of bicycle pedal except that the two sides of the pedal frame are joined by a piece of metal that loops around the dust cap.
[2] A form of drive used for electric locomotives in which the armature of the driving motor is mounted on a quill surrounding the driving axle, but connected to it only by a flexible connection. This enables a small amount of relative motion to take place between the motor and the driving axle.
[3] A hollow non-rotating shaft in which another shaft rotates under power, for providing axial movement as in a drilling machine spindle.

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