One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A shaped piece or ring of rubber or other material sealing the junction between two surfaces in an engine or other device.
- ‘A seal is achieved with closed cell foam gaskets appressed to both surfaces of the leaf isolating a small area.’
- ‘Problems can be prevented with more frequent inspections and by beefing up bench stocks of seals and gaskets.’
- ‘The materials can also replace controversial natural-rubber latex in tubing, catheters, connectors, seals, and gaskets.’
- ‘The door to the battery is even sealed with a rubber gasket.’
- ‘In the past, asbestos has been widely used by South African companies to produce a wide range of products, including gaskets, seals, brake linings, roofing sheets, gutters and other building products, waste pipes and flower pots.’
- ‘The rubber gaskets provide a firm seal, and are reusable anytime you need to take it apart.’
- ‘A rubber gasket and galvanized washer and nut hold the pipe in place and seal the hole.’
- ‘Petroleum distillates break down the rubber in the rubber gaskets around refrigerators and dishwashers.’
- ‘A rubber gasket was placed over the top window to seal the holes and to prevent the sample from leaking.’
- ‘Check the door seals and gaskets periodically for air leakage.’
- ‘Products on display included automotive rubber parts like oil seals, o-rings and gaskets, clutches and brakes and acid resisting bricks and mortars.’
- ‘The bolts are torqued in a special sequence to draw the intake manifold and its molded rubber gasket on to the cylinder head.’
- ‘Nitrile is used to make acrylic rubber for common gaskets, seals and nitrile / PVC rubber-combos for insulation.’
- ‘Place the rubber tank cushion (if one is needed) into position on the rear of the bowl and fit the rubber gasket onto the flush valve opening on the bottom of the tank.’
- ‘Faucets usually leak because of old gaskets or 0-rings and corroded valve seats.’
- ‘Look for dried out rubber gaskets at plumbing vents.’
- ‘Over time, moving metal parts can scrape off minute metal filings, rubber gaskets and hoses can deteriorate, and dust and other airborne particles can get into the system.’
- ‘It's lined with rubber gaskets to protect the firearm.’
- ‘Carbon filled rubber O-rings and gaskets are widely used in contact with stainless steels in seawater.’
- ‘Potential uses for elastomeric products with the silver-based biocide include seals, gaskets, O-rings, casters, diaphragms, liners, and tubing.’
2archaic A cord securing a furled sail to the yard, boom, or gaff of a sailing vessel.
- ‘Wema has notified Kracor that the gaskets needed for this campaign are in short supply and there may be as much as a one month delay in providing the gaskets.’
- ‘Crewmen scampered about, untying the gaskets on the yawl-rigged barge's tan sails, and halyards started creaking aboard other boats while mooring lines splashed over the side to be hauled up by longshoremen.’
- ‘Triumph Boats sent me new gaskets for the storage compartment hatches and I put them in, but the compartments still take on water.’
- ‘One by one they stepped out onto the thin cable slung beneath each yard-arm to pull up the sails and make the gaskets fast.’
Early 17th century (in gasket (sense 2)): perhaps from French garcette ‘thin rope’ (originally ‘little girl’), diminutive of garce, feminine of gars ‘boy’.
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