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stuffing box

noun, Machinery.
a device for preventing leakage of gases or liquids along a moving rod or shaft at the point at which it leaves a cylinder, tank, ship hull, etc.
Also called gland.
Origin of stuffing box
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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stuffing box

a small chamber in which an annular packing is compressed around a reciprocating or rotating rod or shaft to form a seal Also called packing box
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