stuffing box

noun

Definition of stuffing box

: a device that prevents leakage along a moving part (such as a connecting rod) passing through a hole in a vessel (such as a cylinder) containing steam, water, or oil and that consists of a box or chamber made by enlarging the hole and a gland to compress the contained packing

Examples of stuffing box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food banks are so crowded the National Guard has been called out to stuff boxes. New York Times, "Coronavirus Live Updates: As Economic Pain Grows, So Does Pressure to Ease Lockdowns," 6 Apr. 2020 From the box-store baler to your curb For all our efforts to flatten, pile and stuff boxes into recycling bins, consumers aren't that good at recycling cardboard. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Blue bins overflow with Amazon and Walmart boxes. But we're actually recycling less," 8 June 2018 The five-time All-Star stuffs box scores like Shaquille O’Neal, strokes soft-touch jumpers like Kevin Durant, and spawns free-agency rumors like LeBron James. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "With the Pelicans Finally Clicking, Can Anthony Davis Steal MVP?," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stuffing box

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Stuffing box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stuffing%20box. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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