Cog meaning

kŏg, kôg
The definition of a cog is any of the teeth on a wheel or gear that fits into an opposite notch to cause motion of the wheel, or a person who is important but not critical in the structure of an organization.

An example of a cog is the points on a bike gear that fit into the bike chain in order to move the bike forward.

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A cogwheel.
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A subordinate member of an organization who performs necessary but usually minor or routine functions.
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One of a series of teeth, as on the rim of a wheel or gear, whose engagement transmits successive motive force to a corresponding wheel or gear.
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To load or manipulate (dice) fraudulently.
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To cheat, especially at dice.
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An instance of cheating; a swindle.
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A tenon projecting from a wooden beam designed to fit into an opening in another beam to form a joint.
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To join with tenons.
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A person or thing regarded as a minor but necessary part of the structure of an activity or organization.
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A projection on a beam that fits into a corresponding groove or notch in another beam, making a joint.
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To join by a cog or cogs.
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To manipulate (dice) in a fraudulent manner.
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To cheat; swindle.
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A deception; trick.
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Cognate.
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The ISO 3166-1 three-letter (alpha-3) code for the Republic of the Congo.
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Origin of cog

  • Middle English cogge probably of Scandinavian origin Swedish kugg, kugge
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Alteration (influenced by cog) of cock to join with tenons
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition