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ball cock

or ballcock

a device for regulating the supply of water in a tank, cistern, or the like, consisting essentially of a valve connected to a hollow floating ball which by its rise or fall shuts or opens the valve.
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1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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ball cock

a device for regulating the flow of a liquid into a tank, cistern, etc, consisting of a floating ball mounted at one end of an arm and a valve on the other end that opens and closes as the ball falls and rises with the water level in the cistern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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