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

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1798

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