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[dash-pot] /ˈdæʃˌpɒt/
a device for cushioning, damping, or reversing the motion of a piece of machinery, consisting of a cylinder in which a piston operates to create a pressure or vacuum on an enclosed gas or to force a fluid in or out of the chamber through narrow openings.
Origin of dashpot
1860-65; dash1 + pot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The seating of the main admission valve is cushioned by the dashpot, the piston of which is shown in section at G (Fig. 51).

    Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins
British Dictionary definitions for dashpot


a device for damping vibrations; the vibrating part is attached to a piston moving in a liquid-filled cylinder
Word Origin
C20: from dash1 + pot1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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