gasket

[gas-kit]
noun
1.
a rubber, metal, or rope ring, for packing a piston or placing around a joint to make it watertight.
2.
Nautical. any of a number of light lines for securing a furled sail to a boom, gaff, or yard.

Origin:
1615–25; perhaps < French garcette a plait of rope

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gasket (ˈɡæskɪt)
 
n
1.  a compressible packing piece of paper, rubber, asbestos, etc, sandwiched between the faces or flanges of a joint to provide a seal
2.  nautical a piece of line used as a sail stop
3.  slang blow a gasket to burst out in anger
 
[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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gasket
1622, caskette "small rope or plaited coil used to secure a furled sail," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Fr. garcette "little girl," dim. of garce "wench," fem. of garçon (q.v.). Sense of "packing (originally of braided hemp) to seal metal joints" first recorded 1829.
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Idioms & Phrases

gasket

see under blow a fuse.

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Example sentences
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.
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