/rak"euhn pin"yeuhn/, adj.
of or pertaining to a mechanism in which a rack engages a pinion: rack-and-pinion steering. See illus. under rack1.

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ˌrack-and-ˈpinion 7 [rack-and-pinion] adjective only before noun
using a piece of machinery in which a moving ↑cog (= wheel with teeth around the edge) fits into a bar with teeth

a rack-and-pinion steering system

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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