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[pop-it] /ˈpɒp ɪt/
Also called poppet valve. Machinery. a rising and falling valve consisting of a disk at the end of a vertically set stem, used in internal-combustion and steam engines.
British Dialect. a term of endearment for a girl or child.
Nautical. any of the vertical timbers bracing the bow or stern of a vessel about to be launched.
Origin of poppet
1300-50; Middle English; earlier form of puppet Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poppet
  • During the remainder of the open stroke, the internal poppet lifts the main poppet and retracts it to the fully open position.
  • Ensure that the poppet returns to the closed position.
  • When the pump is activated, product is metered into the line through a poppet valve.
  • Tests were performed on mushroom, annular, flap and poppet type exhalation valves.
  • If you open this cap, there should be a poppet pressed tightly against the top.
  • Fuel delivery drivers will sometimes prop this poppet open with a stick or rock, so make sure that it is closed.
  • Slowly open the bleed valve of the test kit, and observe and record the psi when the air inlet poppet opens.
  • The solution was delivered continuously by a syringe pump through a poppet-seal relief valve into the deposition chamber.
  • The vapor adaptor poppet shall not leak when closed.
  • The safety valve shall be constructed of bronze body with poppet type safety valve for compressed air service.
British Dictionary definitions for poppet


a term of affection for a small child or sweetheart
Also called poppet valve. a mushroom-shaped valve that is lifted from its seating against a spring by applying an axial force to its stem: commonly used as an exhaust or inlet valve in an internal-combustion engine
(nautical) a temporary supporting brace for a vessel hauled on land or in a dry dock
Word Origin
C14: early variant of puppet
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Word Origin and History for poppet

"small human figure used in witchcraft and sorcery," c.1300, early form of puppet (n.). Meaning "small or dainty person" is recorded from late 14c.; later a term of endearment but also in other cases one of contempt.

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Slang definitions & phrases for poppet



A young child •Usu a term of endearment (1849+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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