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CAMSHAFT

in internal-combustion engines, rotating shaft with attached lobes, or weights, (cams) which open the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders. The cams and the camshaft are usually formed as a unit, with the cams set at angles so as to open and close the valves in a prescribed sequence as the cams rotate. A separate camshaft for each row of cylinders is driven by gears or chains from the crankshaft.
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