- any of a number of teeth or points, as on the rim of a wheel, arranged to fit into the links of a chain
- a wheel fitted with sprockets on its outer rim, used in a chain drivein full sprocket wheel
Origin of sprocketEarly Modern English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Any of various toothlike projections arranged on a wheel rim to engage the links of a chain.
- A cylinder with a toothed rim that engages in the perforations of photographic or movie film to pull it through a camera or projector.
Origin of sprocketOrigin unknown.
- A toothed wheel that enmeshes with a chain or other perforated band.
- (usually in the plural) The tooth of such a wheel.
- (architecture) A flared extension at the base of a sloped roof.
- A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
- Suppose we have a widget factory that produces 100 widgets per year, and a sprocket factory that produces 200 sprockets per year.
Although sprockets are sometimes referred to as gears, there is a technical distinction between the two: sprockets interact with chains, whereas gears interact with other gears.