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ball valve

noun, Machinery
a valve controlling flow by means of a ball pierced with an opening in one direction and fixed to rotate on a spindle at right angles to the opening.
any valve that checks flow by the seating of a ball.
Origin of ball valve
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ball valve
  • A-The toilet probably has a leak between the tank and bowl, caused by a worn or defective ball valve or flapper valve.
  • ball valve with integral thermal expansion relief valve.
  • The insert illustrates an example of a ball valve lockout device that can be used to lock out the pneumatic airline.
  • The actuated ball valve opens and resin is pumped in to the process tank until the desired weight is reached.
  • Contributing to the accident was a ball valve that was unable to hold pressure.
  • The elevation of the top of the ball valve should have been determined previously.
  • Keep suction hose ball valve shut while system is not in operation.
British Dictionary definitions for ball valve

ball valve

a one-way valve consisting of a metal ball with a cylindrical hole fitting into a concave seat over an opening
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ball valve in Medicine

ball valve n.
A valve regulated by the position of a free-floating ball that moves in response to fluid or mechanical pressure.

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