- a ring of pliable material, as rubber or neoprene, used as a gasket: the failure of an O-ring caused the explosion that destroyed the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.
Origin of O-ring
First recorded in 1945–50
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- a rubber ring used in machinery as a seal against oil, air, etc
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