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 for Back eccentric
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eccentric \Ec*cen"tric\ ([e^]k*s[e^]n"tr[i^]k), n.
     1. A circle not having the same center as another contained
        in some measure within the first.
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     2. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an
        anomalous or irregular person or thing.
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     3. (Astron.)
        (a) In the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit
            of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in
            its center.
        (b) A circle described about the center of an elliptical
            orbit, with half the major axis for radius. --Hutton.
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     4. (Mach.) A disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the
        center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide.
        It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for
        other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a
        crank having the same throw.
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     Back eccentric, the eccentric that reverses or backs the
        valve gear and the engine.
  
     Fore eccentric, the eccentric that imparts a forward motion
        to the valve gear and the engine.
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