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Lifting apparatus
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1. Definition

The term lifting apparatus (or lifting machinelifting device) refers primarily to machines used to move fixed loads vertically (and sometimes horizontally as well). In the 18th century, the classical mechanics of simple Archimedean machines, such as rope, lever (also wheel, pulley), and inclined plane (also wedge, screw) was still an adequate theoretical basis for the construction of lifting devices. The emphasis was …

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Pichol, Karl, “Lifting apparatus”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020755>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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