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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
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  • The defect was a small hairline crack in the end cap of the dashpot.
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle connections were represented with nonlinear spring and linear dashpot elements acting in parallel.
  • The dashpot control is located on the underside of the balance case to the right of the balance arrest control.
  • Typical solution curves of the complex frequency for the dashpot.
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
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