from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In machinery, a bolt or rod binding together opposite plates to enable them to sustain each other against internal pressure.
  • noun Specifically, in locomotive-boilers, the bolt screwed into the parallel plates of the water-legs, or the crown-sheet and the wagon-top sheets, riveted over at both ends, and serving to keep each from deformation by pressure.


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