• WordNet 3.6
    • n dash-pot a mechanical damper; the vibrating part is attached to a piston that moves in a chamber filled with liquid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n dash-pot dăsh"pŏt` (Mach) a mechanical damping device containing a piston that moves in a fluid-filled chamber to serve as a pneumatic or hydraulic cushion for a falling weight, as in the valve gear of a steam engine, to prevent shock.☞ It consists of a chamber, containing air or a liquid, in which a piston (a), attached to the weight, falls freely until it enters a space (as below the openings, b) from which the air or liquid can escape but slowly (as through cock c), when its fall is gradually checked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dash-pot a device for preventing too sudden motion in some part of an apparatus
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In literature:

Do thou, therefore, smash this lustful wight even like an earthen pot dashed upon a stone.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Do thou, therefore, smash this lustful wight even like an earthen pot dashed upon a stone.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
In the Schenectady two-cylinder compound, what is the duty of the oil dash-pot?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
No sooner did he catch sight of him than he dashed forward to where Scarlett sat on the edge of the old punt wielding a shallow iron pot.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
Dash dropped the tea-pot.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
Every here and there a ruddy patch in the road showed where tile or chimney-pot had been swept off and dashed to pieces.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
The dash-pot rod is shown in Fig.
"Steam Engines" by Anonymous
To prevent jar when the motion of the valve is checked, a "dash-pot" is used, invented originally by F. E. Sickels.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston
The supply of gasoline is regulated by the valve, D. The dash pot, H, prevents a too rapid action of the valve, I.
"Scientific American, Vol. XLIII.--No. 1. [New Series.], July 3, 1880" by Various
To check somewhat the movement of the core I, a dash-pot, K, is used.
"The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla" by Thomas Commerford Martin
Pewter pots and earthen dishes were dashed to the floor, and yet, in the morning they were found perfectly uninjured, and in their usual places.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick

In poetry:

Now if the thing had stayed right there,
We might have dodged a load of care.
But pots of beer soon failed to serve
The candidate of dash and nerve;
And, with cold cynicism, came
The urge to organise the Game.
"The Genesis of Gloom [Australian Variety]" by C J Dennis

In news:

An elegant combination of tender veal cubes and winter vegetables, this one-pot dish derives added flavor from a dash of the parsley, garlic, and lemon-rind combination northern Italians call Gremolata.

In science:

At times larger than τν , the viscous dissipation is represented by the dash-pot, while at shorter times the colloid interacts with the fluid via elastic forces.
Velocity autocorrelation function of a Brownian particle