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water seal

noun
  1. a small amount of water contained in the trap of a drain to prevent the passage of foul smells
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Historical Examples

  • Between the soil-pipe and the fixtures a trap must be provided with a water-seal of about an inch.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The best arrangement in all respects, especially between the generator and the holder, is a water-seal.

  • There are two automatic devices which may be employed for the purposes in view, the non-return valve and the water-seal.

  • It bubbles through the water in the washer, which therefore also serves as a water-seal, and passes thence to the gasholder.

  • The flanges of the cover were sufficiently long to dip into a water-seal surrounding the tank.