man engine definition

  • noun:
    • a contrivance through which miners ascend or descend in a shaft. It includes a series of landings in shaft and an equal wide range of racks on a vertical rod which has an up and down movement corresponding to the length between your consecutive landings. A man measures from a landing to a shelf and is raised or decreased to the next landing, upon which he them measures, and so forth, traveling by successive phases.
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