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piston ring

a metallic ring, usually one of a series, and split so as to be expansible, placed around a piston in order to maintain a tight fit, as inside the cylinder of an engine.
Also called packing ring, ring.
Origin of piston ring
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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piston ring

a split ring, usually made of cast iron, that fits into a groove on the rim of a piston to provide a spring-loaded seal against the cylinder wall
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