a metallic ring, usually one of a series, and split so as to be expansible, placed around a piston in order to maintain a tight fit, as inside the cylinder of an engine.
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Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also called packing ring, ring.
Origin of piston ring
First recorded in 1865–70
Words nearby piston ring
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Example sentences from the Web for piston ring
This was probably done to reduce vibration and the problem of piston-ring sealing.The First Airplane Diesel Engine: Packard Model DR-980 of 1928|Robert B. Meyer
British Dictionary definitions for piston ring
a split ring, usually made of cast iron, that fits into a groove on the rim of a piston to provide a spring-loaded seal against the cylinder wall
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