• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stuffing-box a contrivance for keeping a piston-rod, &c., air-tight or water-tight by means of closely-fitting packing, while allowing it free motion
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estoffe (Fr. étoffe)—L. stuppa, tow.


In literature:

Now Bert put on top of the soap boxes Harry's canvas schoolbag stuffed full of papers.
"The Bobbsey Twins in the Country" by Laura Lee Hope
He said a man had sprung in upon him, stuffed the bedclothes into his mouth, and dragging his box from under the bed, had made off with it.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
At the last hour, before stuffing the boxes, he would learn how the city was going.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
Probably some of the seams are opened, or it may be coming in around the shaft stuffing-box.
"Tom Swift and his Photo Telephone" by Victor Appleton
Ballot box stuffing was charged to his account; also fraudulent counting in elections.
"The Vigilance Committee of '56" by James O'Meara
There was no ticket peddling, and ballot-box stuffing was impossible.
"McClure's Magazine December, 1895" by Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
It diminished, but did not abolish the necessity of stuffing ballot boxes.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Why, stockings, stuffed full, and trees hung full, and boxes packed full!
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Both sides of the piston are here utilized, and the piston rod works through a water-tight stuffing-box.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
She ran back and hastily stuffed the lunch box under the hay, pulling a pile over it so that it did not show at all.
"Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm" by Mabel C. Hawley

In news:

A Roseville man was arrested by awaiting Placer County sheriff's deputies as he left an Auburn electronics store Wednesday night with two boxed cameras stuffed down the front of his pants.
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, 7, stars in The Last Mimzy, in which Emma and her brother discover a box of "toys," including the stuffed plush rabbit, that do mysterious things.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The uphill battle to stop John Ashcroft from becoming attorney general got a boost late last week, with the unexpected arrival of two dozen boxes stuffed with "opposition research" against the former senator from Missouri.
Burger King's bacon sundae, Pizza Hut's hotdog-stuffed pizza, Jack in the Box's bacon milkshake.
Agents at an El Paso border crossing have confiscated nearly $70,000 stuffed in a plastic grocery bag and hidden by a box of doughnuts.
This is a drawing of a locked box which a Libyan man says US interrogators once stuffed him into.
Finally, carefully inspect the stuffing-box hose and clamps at least once every sailing season.
Asked him why Dems kept asking for recounts PP said Dems wanted to be sure GOP hadn't stuffed ballot box for President-Elect Romney.
Federal law bans intimidating or bribing voters, buying or selling votes, altering vote allies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input, the Justice Department says.
If your family is hooked on bread stuffing from a cardboard box , try this easy recipe instead.
Boxed stuffing 49 cents clearance (perfect for food bank donations).
Check your Aldi for clearance boxed stuffing for 49 cents.
The kids at Folsom Elementary in Prosper, Texas have been bringing stuffed animals by the box load to school.
The box contains turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, gravy, cornbread stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Burger King's bacon sundae, Pizza Hut's hotdog-stuffed pizza, Jack in the Box's bacon milkshake .