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steam chest

  1. the chamber from which steam enters the cylinder of an engine.
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Origin of steam chest

First recorded in 1790–1800
Also called steam box.
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Examples from the Web for steam-chest

Historical Examples of steam-chest

  • There is also a valve or air-cock in the steam-chest, under the control of the engineer.

    Illustrated Catalogue of Locomotives

    M. Baird, et. al..

  • We didn't know he was in the pit, and we pulled the steam-chest lever.

    By Right of Conquest

    Arthur Hornblow

  • Foley, clinging with one hand to a headlight bracket, dropped down on the steam-chest and swung far out.

    The Nerve of Foley

    Frank H. Spearman

  • The hand wheel and rod to the right are to operate the stop-cock for turning on and off the steam to the steam-chest.

  • To guide the tap when tapping the cylinder cover and steam-chest holes the guide stand s, shown in Fig. 2512, should be employed.

British Dictionary definitions for steam-chest


  1. a chamber that encloses the slide valve of a steam engine and forms a manifold for the steam supply to the valve
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