- 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
Examples from the Web for gasket
Soon after that his clash with Ben Affleck, who nearly blew a gasket, sparked a national debate over Islam.Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims
October 16, 2014
The lips of this gasket are tapered, with the narrow edge up.
The nut is then turned down on the post to force the cover on the gasket.
For a second the old boy stares at me like he was goin' to blow a gasket.Torchy As A Pa
Before they could get the gasket off, I had to port the helm to prevent striking the other steamer.Up the River
This gasket forms an elastic packing which prevents leakage.An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design
David Allan Low
- 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
- blow a gasket slang to burst out in anger
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.
Idioms and Phrases with gasket
see under blow a fuse.