cog
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: kŏg, IPA: /kɒɡ/
  • (America) enPR kŏg, IPA: /kɑɡ/, /kɔɡ/
Noun

cog (plural cogs)

  1. A tooth on a gear.
  2. A gear; a cogwheel.
  3. An unimportant individual in a greater system.
    • 1976, Norman Denny (English translation), Victor Hugo (original French), Les Misérables
      ‘There are twenty-five of us, but they don’t reckon I’m worth anything. I’m just a cog in the machine.’
    • 1988, David Mamet, Speed-the-Plow
      Your boss tells you “take initiative,” you best guess right—and you do, then you get no credit. Day-in, … smiling, smiling, just a cog.
  4. (carpentry) A projection or tenon at the end of a beam designed to fit into a matching opening of another piece of wood to form a joint.
  5. (mining) One of the rough pillars of stone or coal left to support the roof of a mine.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: pion
  • German: Rädchen
  • Italian: rotellina
  • Russian: ви́нтик
Translations Verb

cog (cogs, present participle cogging; past and past participle cogged)

  1. To furnish with a cog or cogs.
Noun

cog (plural cogs)

  1. (historical) A ship of burden, or war with a round, bulky hull.
Translations Noun

cog (plural cogs)

  1. A trick or deception; a falsehood.
Verb

cog (cogs, present participle cogging; past and past participle cogged)

  1. To load (a die) so that it can be used to cheat.
  2. To cheat; to play or gamble fraudulently.
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift (debated), Molly Mog
      For guineas in other men's breeches, / Your gamesters will palm and will cog.
  3. To seduce, or draw away, by adulation, artifice, or falsehood; to wheedle; to cozen; to cheat.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      I'll mountebank their loves,
      Cog their hearts from them.
  4. To obtrude or thrust in, by falsehood or deception; to palm off.
    to cog in a word
    • Fustian tragedies […] have, by concerted applauses, been cogged upon the town for masterpieces.
Noun

cog (plural cogs)

  1. A small fishing boat.
  2. Alternative form of cogue#English|cogue (“wooden vessel for milk”)

COG
Noun

cog (plural cogs)

  1. Initialism of center of gravity#English|center of gravity.
Noun
  1. Initialism of Church of God: numerous, mostly unrelated Christian denominations.



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