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needle valve

noun Machinery.
  1. a valve with a needlelike part, a fine adjustment, or a small opening, especially a valve in which the opening is controlled by a needlelike or conical point that fits into a conical seat.
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Origin of needle valve

First recorded in 1900–05
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Historical Examples of needle valve

  • One grain of sand clogged the needle-valve, Josh, and there's a thousand more grains to come down the supply-pipe.

    Motor Matt's Red Flyer, or, On the High Gear

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • Matt couldn't understand why the runabout wasn't beginning to develop trouble in the vicinity of the needle-valve.

  • Matt flung down the can, adjusted the needle-valve of the gasoline shut-off which he had found out of order, and tried the motor.

  • In this box a piston moves, which is provided at its lower end with a needle-valve.

British Dictionary definitions for needle valve

needle valve

  1. a valve containing a tapered rod that can be moved in or out to control the flow of a fluid
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