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Definition of Cog


  1. To seduce, or draw away, by adulation, artifice, or falsehood; to wheedle; to cozen; to cheat.
  2. To obtrude or thrust in, by falsehood or deception; as, to cog in a word; to palm off.
  3. To deceive; to cheat; to play false; to lie; to wheedle; to cajole.
  4. A trick or deception; a falsehood.
  5. A tooth, cam, or catch for imparting or receiving motion, as on a gear wheel, or a lifter or wiper on a shaft; originally, a separate piece of wood set in a mortise in the face of a wheel.
  6. A kind of tenon on the end of a joist, received into a notch in a bearing timber, and resting flush with its upper surface.
  7. A tenon in a scarf joint; a coak.
  8. One of the rough pillars of stone or coal left to support the roof of a mine.
  9. To furnish with a cog or cogs.
  10. A small fishing boat.

Cog Quotations

The individual has become a mere cog in an enormous organization of things and powers which tear from his hands all progress, spirituality, and value in order to transform them from their subjective form into the form of a purely objective life.
Georg Simmel

Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.
John Jay Chapman

If we have a purpose in life beyond being a cog in the human machine, mine is to help inspire people and that's pretty cool. I would like to motivate the world.
Steve Gleason

Patents have long served as a fundamental cog in the American machine, cherished in our national soul.
James Gleick

I don't want to be disrespectful to people who are incredible at their craft, but the truth is, if I didn't get paid for it, I wouldn't act. The best-paying jobs are usually the worst films. You're a very small cog in a big machine.
Paddy Considine
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Cog Translations

cog in German is Radzahn
cog in Spanish is diente de engranaje
cog in Swedish is kugge
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