from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a wide variety of seals or packings used between matched machine parts or around pipe joints to prevent the escape of a gas or fluid.
  • n. Nautical A cord or canvas strap used to secure a furled sail to a yard boom or gaff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any mechanical seal that serves to fill the space between two objects, generally to prevent leakage between the two objects while under compression.
  • n. A material which may be clamped between faces and acts as a static seal. Gaskets may be cut, formed, or molded to the desired configuration. - ASTM
  • n. Any of a wide variety of seals or packings used between matched machine parts or around pipe joints to prevent the escape of a gas or fluid. - American Heritage Dictionary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A line or band used to lash a furled sail securely. Sea gaskets are common lines; harbor gaskets are plaited and decorated lines or bands. Called also casket.
  • n.
  • n. The plaited hemp used for packing a piston, as of the steam engine and its pumps.
  • n. Any ring or washer of made of a compressible material, used to make joints impermeable to fluids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with gaskets, as a sail to a yard.
  • n. Nautical, one of several bands of sennit or canvas, or small lines, used to bind the sails to the yards, gaffs, or masts when furled. Also called casket.
  • n. In machinery, a strip of leather, tow, plaited hemp, or similar material, used for packing a piston, as of the steam-engine and its pumps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint


Perhaps alteration of French garcette, small cord, diminutive of garce, girl, from Old French, feminine of gars, boy, soldier; see garçon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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