One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bar on a vehicle to which something can be attached to pull it or be pulled.
- ‘Some very ambitious figures for horsepower of the ‘Big Boys’ have been bandied about, but I think 7,000 hp at the drawbar, and maybe 9,000 in the cylinders is about enough.’
- ‘Optional transport kit includes quick attach drawbar and axle for Public Highways.’
- ‘The receiver hitch available for Super Duty F350 dually, called class V is a 2.5 ‘for larger drawbars.’’
- ‘Other equipment included a spare knuckle, hose bags and even a wrecking chain to chain up a car that had its drawbar yanked out and drag the car behind the van to get it to a siding.’
- ‘The quick hitch will lift high enough to use the tractor drawbar or low enough to set the quick hitch on the ground and unhook off the tractor without tipping over.’
- ‘Danger must be avoided and riding on the drawbar, coming out of the cab without disengaging the PTO, tipping loads under power cables, driving without brakes, or leaning out of the cab can only end in disaster.’
- ‘All follow a similar pattern with maximum lengths of 7m, excluding the drawbar, and weights up to 3.5t GVM; the limit for overrun brake systems.’
- ‘This sleeve fits over our drawbar and is equipped with a spring-loaded pin and safety chain.’
- ‘Another crew, assigned to white-lead the drawbar, sloshes about the pit, solaced by some Stygian philosophy of their own.’
- ‘They come from carelessness, no cover on PTO, working in the night or the day, tipping trailers under ESB cables, riding on drawbars, and a host of other practices.’
- ‘The converter dolly incorporates a turntable assembly mounted on an axle group supporting the rear trailer, and a drawbar connecting to the first trailer.’
- ‘By the way, I do not recommend putting grease directly on sears and hammers, but it can be very helpful on drawbars and big moving parts.’
- ‘This is different from a weight carrying hitch, which is just a drawbar inserted into the receiver hitch.’
2A bar in a structure that can be removed to allow someone through or to let other parts move.
- ‘All uncovered power shafts are dangerous, but shafts driving stationary equipment especially machines with a drawbar are the most dangerous.’
- ‘Getting a double-action drawbar and conventional hammer into little guns isn't the easiest thing to do, but the Seecamp's trigger is smooth and even throughout the stroke.’
3One of a number of bars that may be pulled out to control harmonics on an electric organ.
- ‘In the Hammond organ, the fundamental and up to eight harmonics were available and were controlled by means of drawbars and preset keys or buttons.’
- ‘Also, the MIDI implementation enables you to create a true dual-manual organ with bass pedals, a swell pedal and faders to control the drawbars.’
- ‘An EX Mode links all 18 drawbars for a full 13 tonal harmonics and up to five variable percussion harmonics on the upper manual, with two software drawbars available on the lower.’
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