a device for preventing leakage of gases or liquids along a moving rod or shaft at the point at which it leaves a cylinder, tank, ship hull, etc.
- Also called gland.
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How to use stuffing box in a sentence
The engine did not answer very well, for the packing in the pole stuffing box used to burn out, and a cloud of steam escaped.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
Figure 218 is an example of a stuffing box and gland, supposed to stand vertical, hence the gland has an oil cup or receptacle.Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught | Joshua Rose
It runs from the piston through one head of the cylinder, passing through a steam-tight stuffing box.
Usually the stuffing box gives free play to a piston rod or valve rod, without allowing any steam to escape.
A stuffing box is also used on a pump piston sometimes, or a compressed air piston.
British Dictionary definitions for stuffing box
a small chamber in which an annular packing is compressed around a reciprocating or rotating rod or shaft to form a seal: Also called: packing box
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