stuffing box

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stuffing box a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stuffing box a device for rendering a joint impervious where there is a hole through which a movable cylindrical body, as the paston rod of a steam engine, or the plunger of a pump, slides back and forth, or in which a shaft turns. It usually consists of a box or chamber, made by an enlargement of part of the hole, forming a space around the rod or shaft for containing packing which is compressed and made to fill the space closely by means of a sleeve, called the gland, which fits loosely around the rod, and is pressed upon the packing by bolts or other means.
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Usage

In literature:

Why, stockings, stuffed full, and trees hung full, and boxes packed full!
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
In an election she shamelessly stuffed the ballot box, but Eureka went to the legislature and won her point.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
The top of the box is stuffed so as to form a pincushion.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
There were two of these boxes stuffed full of powder as though for the most solemn rejoicing.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Let rumor make the rounds that he purposed stuffing the box, and others would play at the same game.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
In Normandy a kind of stuffed box is used instead of a pillow.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
He stuffed his pockets with cigars, slammed the boxes into the case, and locked them up.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Stuffing-box and gland, 169.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
I know he's got his ice-box stuffed full o' pa'tridges an' woodcock.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
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
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In news:

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.
A 14-year-old Florida girl is facing murder charges after police said she admitted to strangling her newborn son and stuffing his body in a shoe box .
Finally, carefully inspect the stuffing-box hose and clamps at least once every sailing season.
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.
She's got a closet full of luxury handbags, a jewelry box overflowing with gemstones and dresser drawers stuffed to the gills with designer togs.
Head chef Sam Han shows the well-stuffed sushi burrito at Sushi Box off Robious Road in Midlothian.
You purchase a new home and while walking through it you discover something hanging from an attic door, you go check it out and find several old WW 2 ammunition boxes stuffed with cash, lots of cash.
SAN DIEGO Jack in the Box, based here, debuted the $3.99 Jack's Sampler Trio of three stuffed jalapenos, three mozzarella sticks and seven of the new Spicy Chicken Bites.
For New Englanders, reaching in the cupboard for Bell's Seasoning , in the bright yellow box with the blue turkey on the front, is synonymous with making stuffing.
A perfectly good T-shirt is carelessly tossed aside - stuffed into a dirty rag bag, left to rot in a donation box or, in worst case scenarios, abandoned in the trash.
In the alley behind the block between Forest and Woodlawn avenues, she found a dead, skinned animal that had been wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed inside a carboard box.
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