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[gas-kit] /ˈgæs kɪt/
a rubber, metal, or rope ring, for packing a piston or placing around a joint to make it watertight.
Nautical. any of a number of light lines for securing a furled sail to a boom, gaff, or yard.
Origin of gasket
1615-25; perhaps < French garcette a plait of rope Unabridged
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  • Peaks, on the main topmast-stay, caught Howe in the very act of passing the gasket through the bight of the buntline.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Before they could get the gasket off, I had to port the helm to prevent striking the other steamer.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • gasket lay, his head bowed over on the table and an arm flung forward.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • The lips of this gasket are tapered, with the narrow edge up.

  • Always pass a gasket over the yard and down abaft, which will help to bring the sail upon the yard.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • For a second the old boy stares at me like he was goin' to blow a gasket.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • The nut is then turned down on the post to force the cover on the gasket.

  • He recognized you and gasket when Burthen was killed, in spite of your beard.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • A soft rubber gasket is slipped over the post, and the cover is pushed down over the gasket.

British Dictionary definitions for gasket


a compressible packing piece of paper, rubber, asbestos, etc, sandwiched between the faces or flanges of a joint to provide a seal
(nautical) a piece of line used as a sail stop
(slang) blow a gasket, to burst out in anger
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: rope lashing a furled sail): probably from French garcette rope's end, literally: little girl, from Old French garce girl, feminine of gars boy, servant
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Word Origin and History for gasket

1620s, caskette "small rope or plaited coil used to secure a furled sail," of uncertain origin, perhaps from French garcette "little girl, maidservant," diminutive of Old French garce (13c.) "young woman, young girl; whore, harlot, concubine," fem. of garçon (see garcon). Sense of "packing (originally of braided hemp) to seal metal joints" first recorded 1829.

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blow a gasket

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with gasket


see under blow a fuse
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