stuffing box

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stuffing box was in 1798

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“Stuffing box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stuffing%20box. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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