- 1A wheel or bar with a series of projections on its edge, which transfers motion by engaging with projections on another wheel or bar: the cogs and springs of a watchMore example sentences
- It is up to him to sacrifice himself, no longer the hub of Arsenal's wheel, but a cog in the machine.
- Your thumb pushes the lever forward to achieve a lower gear (a bigger cog / smaller chainring).
- This sort of regulation has induced stereotyped thinking in most officers, who themselves became cogs in the mechanically streamlined military machine.
- 1.1Each of the projections on a cog: applewood was the favourite material for the cogs or teeth of a cogwheelMore example sentences
- ‘We're obviously proud every time Germany wins and like to think we're making a small contribution as small cogs in the big wheel,’ he said.
- ‘What we are doing won't change the world but it's a small cog in a big wheel,’ he explained.
- Is it really the duty of a minor cog in a big wheel to take a stand and risk the consequences?
a cog in the (or a) machine (or wheel)
- A small or insignificant member of a larger organization or system: copywriters have been seen as just a cog in the big advertising machineMore example sentences
- Running your own organisation is a big change from just being a cog in the machine.
- His colleagues said he was being treated like "a cog in a machine".
- I don't like being a cog in the machine.
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- Engines had a cogged pinion wheel that engaged the rack, helping them climb the slopes.
- The number one solution to the problem is to give the odd number of cogged wheels a half-twist, thus reversing the parity of the system and allowing all of the gears to turn.
- Any closed-circle arrangements of interlocked cogged wheels must have an even number of wheels, if it is to operate.
Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish kugge and Norwegian kug.
- A broadly built medieval ship with a rounded prow and stern.More example sentences
- The cog was a broadly built ship, with a roundish prow and stern, more manœuvrable than the old kind and specifically designed for carrying freight.
- These had rounded hulls and strakes gathered into the upper end of the latter and not, as in a cog, ending at the stem and stern posts.
- The poor state of the roads meant a considerable amount of river and coastal traffic, mainly in barges or cogs.
Middle English: related to Middle Dutch kogge, Old French cogue.
verb[with object] Irish • informal
- Copy (someone else’s work) illicitly or without acknowledgement: he’s away cogging his homework from Aggie’s wee girlMore example sentences
- I should mention, I suppose, that I cogged the photos off the film site.
- What I do remember, though, is that someone came up to me a few days later and said that I had cogged the ideas from another columnist.
- Still, you have to start somewhere, so if you happen to be stuck for words, who do you cog?
mid 16th century (in senses 'practise tricks in throwing dice' and 'cheat'): of unknown origin.