stuffing box

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noun Machinery.

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.

Nearby words

  1. stuffed derma,
  2. stuffed shirt,
  3. stuffer,
  4. stuffing,
  5. stuffing and stripping,
  6. stuffing nut,
  7. stuffy,
  8. stuiver,
  9. stuka,
  10. stukkend

Origin of stuffing box

First recorded in 1790–1800

Also called gland.

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British Dictionary definitions for stuffing box

stuffing box

noun

a small chamber in which an annular packing is compressed around a reciprocating or rotating rod or shaft to form a sealAlso called: packing box
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