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stuffing box

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noun Machinery.
  1. 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.
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Origin of stuffing box

First recorded in 1790–1800
Also called gland.
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stuffing box

noun
  1. 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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