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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Food banks are so crowded the National Guard has been called out to stuff boxes. New York Times, 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, 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,, 9 Mar. 2018

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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