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butterfly valve

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  1. a clack valve having two flaps with a common hinge.
  2. a valve, as the throttle valve in a carburetor, that swings about a central axis across its face.

Origin of butterfly valve

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for butterfly valve

butterfly valve

  1. a disc that acts as a valve by turning about a diameter, esp one used as the throttle valve in a carburettor
  2. a non-return valve consisting of two semicircular plates hinged about a common central spindle
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