ball valve


: a valve in which a ball regulates the aperture especially by its rise and fall due to fluid pressure, a spring, or its own weight

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then, shortly after the tap, install a full-flow ball valve. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 The Ivy Rain Barrels come with locking, child-proof lids and have protective screening against mosquitoes and a 3/4-inch ball valve to connect to a garden hose or another barrel. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Hughes rotated a ball valve a quarter-turn to launch, and the rocket leapt skyward with an infernal hiss. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ball valve was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Ball valve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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