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[gas-kit] /ˈgæs kɪt/
a rubber, metal, or rope ring, for packing a piston or placing around a joint to make it watertight.
Nautical. any of a number of light lines for securing a furled sail to a boom, gaff, or yard.
Origin of gasket
1615-25; perhaps < French garcette a plait of rope Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gasket
  • If it pulls easily out of place, the seal isn't tight and the gasket should be replaced.
  • On the back there's a double-latching hatch with a gasket.
  • Either the gasket was too tight and didn't slide or too loose and leaked.
  • The gasket was the toughest part to reproduce successfully.
  • To prove it, he put the valve cover gasket on with bathroom caulking compound and was surprised when the engine burned up.
  • He seems perpetually on the verge of blowing a gasket.
  • Add a sill gasket membrane between the slab and bottom plate to provide air sealing.
  • If gasket materials are not available locally, they can be shipped easily.
  • Adhesive bonding provided a tighter windshield installation method than earlier rubber gasket designs.
  • By varying the position of the gasket, water can be channeled over a plate or past it.
British Dictionary definitions for gasket


a compressible packing piece of paper, rubber, asbestos, etc, sandwiched between the faces or flanges of a joint to provide a seal
(nautical) a piece of line used as a sail stop
(slang) blow a gasket, to burst out in anger
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: rope lashing a furled sail): probably from French garcette rope's end, literally: little girl, from Old French garce girl, feminine of gars boy, servant
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Word Origin and History for gasket

1620s, caskette "small rope or plaited coil used to secure a furled sail," of uncertain origin, perhaps from French garcette "little girl, maidservant," diminutive of Old French garce (13c.) "young woman, young girl; whore, harlot, concubine," fem. of garçon (see garcon). Sense of "packing (originally of braided hemp) to seal metal joints" first recorded 1829.

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blow a gasket

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see under blow a fuse
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