Definition of rack-and-pinion in English:

rack-and-pinion

Syllabification: rack-and-pin·ion

adjective

[attributive]
  • Denoting a mechanism, as for a car steering system, using a fixed cogged or toothed bar or rail engaging with a smaller cog.
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    • Together with the engine-speed-sensing rack-and-pinion power steering, the suspension is designed to provide unerring road feel while quietly isolating the passenger cabin from unwanted noise, vibration and harshness.
    • A rack-and-pinion mechanism allowed one dish to be smoothly shifted into or out of contact with the other, controlling the ants' passage between them.
    • A rigidly-mounted fabricated-steel front sub-frame supports the engine mounts, suspension control arms and an electric-power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering gear.

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