• WordNet 3.6
    • n gasket seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gasket (Naut) A line or band used to lash a furled sail securely. Sea gaskets are common lines; harbor gaskets are plaited and decorated lines or bands. Called also casket.
    • Gasket (Mech) Any ring or washer of made of a compressible material, used to make joints impermeable to fluids.
    • Gasket (Mech) The plaited hemp used for packing a piston, as of the steam engine and its pumps.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gasket Nautical, one of several bands of sennit or canvas, or small lines, used to bind the sails to the yards, gaffs, or masts when furled. Also called casket.
    • n gasket In machinery, a strip of leather, tow, plaited hemp, or similar material, used for packing a piston, as of the steam-engine and its pumps.
    • gasket To fasten with gaskets, as a sail to a yard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gasket gas′ket (naut.) a canvas band used to bind the sails to the yards when furled: a strip of tow, &c., for packing a piston, &c
    • Gasket Also Gas′kin
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Blow a gasket - If you blow a gasket, you get very angry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. garcette, It. gaschetta, Sp. cajeta, caburn, garceta, reef point


In literature:

After that get the gaskets on the mainsail.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
The joints between the plates and the drum are made with thin gaskets.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
I painted over the cracks with gasket cement, and they are now healed.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Don't rupture a gut or blow a gasket.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
They had evidently been blown out of the gaskets.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Blind men climbed aloft, and felt for foot-ropes and gaskets.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Peaks, on the main topmast-stay, caught Howe in the very act of passing the gasket through the bight of the buntline.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Before they could get the gasket off, I had to port the helm to prevent striking the other steamer.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Doors closed on their gaskets and were dogged, automatically.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Up aloft the pirate seamen were slashing the torn canvas with their dirks and casting loose the gaskets.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine

In news:

BIRCH RUN, MI – Among other things, a head gasket and a left-front wheel bearing need to be replaced.
The pump will come in the original box with original installation instructions and mounting gasket GM part number is 5621665, AC part number is 4657.
The answer to the question in the headline above is that the right-wing noise machine would blow a gasket.
Interstate Specialty Products, Inc has announced the availability of custom manufactured gaskets and seals that are engineered to match critical OEM fluid handling requirements.
If the fireplace has glass doors, the sweep should inspect the gasket material around the door opening.
Custom Gaskets Match Fluid Handling Reqiurements.
EMC Basics #15: Use gaskets to seal and solve leaky RF seam problems.
For nearly 20 years, Magnum 's parent company, Modern Silicone Technologies (MSI), has been a leading supplier of high-tech molded valve cover, oil pan and manifold gaskets to major aftermarket brands and OE manufacturers.
When asked what makes new Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease "blow a gasket," the mild-mannered Pease smiled and said he doesn't.
It took about a week in the hospital to seal the blown gasket.
The pipe -to- pipe joints are sealed with rubber gaskets, effectively keeping water out and preventing gases in the soil from leaching into the ventilation system.
Next Corvette Fuel Octane Head Gasket.
378.88 for kit including pistons , rings, pins, clips and gasket kit.
The deluxe case features multiple-position tie-downs, rubberized gasket for a tight seal and Plano 's strong PillarLock System.
Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC), a Deer Park TX storage terminal operator, recently announced that it no longer will load tank trailers with rope gaskets that are used to seal manways and domelids.

In science:

A natural but crucial question is then whether an element of geodesic on the gasket G is also (local ly) a geodesic of the whole fractal surface S .
The Hausdorff Dimension of Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity
In the scaling limit, they disappear and locally the quantum gasket should look like a patch of random surface, with matching geodesics.
The Hausdorff Dimension of Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity
Although the results we have proved apply more generally to self-similar fractal graphs (see below for some further comments on this point), to keep the presentation concise we restrict our attention here to graphs based on the classical Sierpinski gasket, the definition of which we now recall.
Convergence of mixing times for sequences of random walks on finite graphs
F such that F = ∪3 i=1ψi (F ) – this is the Sierpinski gasket.
Convergence of mixing times for sequences of random walks on finite graphs
Thus, by Corollary 4.3, the associated π -symmetric diffusion X F , which (modulo the scaling constant C ) is known as Brownian motion on the Sierpinski gasket, satisfies (1.1)-(1.5).
Convergence of mixing times for sequences of random walks on finite graphs