One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A casing in which material such as greased wool is compressed around a shaft or axle to form a seal against gas or liquid, used for instance where the propeller shaft of a boat passes through the hull.
- ‘It is very possible for the boat to surge back with the rudder hard over and bend or break the shaft or the stuffing box, leaving you with a catastrophic leak in the middle of a hurricane.’
- ‘Check the engine shaft and rudder stuffing boxes for steady leaks and looseness.’
- ‘The alignment was out and the shaft was tearing up the stuffing box.’
- ‘Other sources of moisture include deck leaks and, in one case, saltwater flying off of the shaft at a leaky stuffing box.’
- ‘The bilge pump had pumped without hindrance because her leaks around the stuffing box of the engine were too small to let in material which might clog it - just big enough to keep the pump busy.’
- ‘When they arrived in Fort Lauderdale, ready to take off to sail, their boat started leaking - the entire stuffing box had come loose.’
stuffing box/ˈstəfiNG ˌbäks/
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