dead centre

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dead centre

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1. (Mechanical Engineering) the exact top (top dead centre) or bottom (bottom dead centre) of the piston stroke in a reciprocating engine or pump
2. (Tools) a pointed rod mounted in the tailstock of a lathe to support a workpiece
Also called: dead point
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Noun1.dead centre - the position of a crank when it is in line with the connecting rod and not exerting torquedead centre - the position of a crank when it is in line with the connecting rod and not exerting torque
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
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Lord Lundie was rapidly improving in technique, though organ-grinding, unlike the Law, is more of a calling than a trade, and he hung occasionally on a dead centre.