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seacock

[see-kok]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a valve in the hull of a vessel for admitting outside water into some part of the hull, as a ballast tank.
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Origin of seacock

First recorded in 1660–70; sea + cock1
Also called sea connection.
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  • The fireroom is full of water; but it looks to me as though a seacock had been opened.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound

    Alice B. Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for seacock

seacock

noun
  1. nautical a valve in the hull of a vessel below the water line for admitting sea water or for pumping out bilge water
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