stuffing box

noun Machinery.
a device for preventing leakage of gases or liquids along a moving rod or shaft at the point at which it leaves a cylinder, tank, ship hull, etc.
Also called gland.


Origin:
1790–1800

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stuffing box
 
n
Also called: packing box a small chamber in which an annular packing is compressed around a reciprocating or rotating rod or shaft to form a seal

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Example sentences
Stuffing box cover shall be made of close-grained cast iron with integral
  stuffing box.
Rod packing is generally a series of rings held in place in the stuffing box by
  a packing gland or disk.
Many pumps have a stuffing box to prevent leakage along the drive shaft from
  the pump to the engine or motor.
The drive shaft penetrates the pressure boundary through a stuffing box.
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