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Meaning of feather key

feath'er key"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Mach. Mach.
  1. a rectangular key connecting the keyways of a shaft and a hub of a gear, pulley, etc., fastened in one keyway and free to slide in the other so that the hub can drive or be driven by the shaft at various positions along it. Also called
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