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derailleur

Line breaks: de|rail|leur
Pronunciation: /dɪˈreɪl(j)ə
 
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Definition of derailleur in English:

noun

A bicycle gear which works by lifting the chain from one sprocket wheel to another of a different size.
Example sentences
  • The other side of the rollers will now contact the gears, and the derailleurs will now be laterally bending the chain the opposite direction.
  • Then coat your bike's chain, derailleurs and pedals with a light lubricant.
  • My front derailleur and chain rings were so full of mud I couldn't change gears, so I was stuck pedalling in the big chain ring.

Origin

1930s: from French, from dérailler 'derail'.

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