1. [syn: stuffing box, packing box]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stuffing \Stuff"ing\, n.
1. That which is used for filling anything; as, the stuffing
of a saddle or cushion.
2. (Cookery) Any seasoning preparation used to stuff meat;
especially, a composition of bread, condiments, spices,
etc.; forcemeat; dressing.
3. A mixture of oil and tallow used in softening and dressing
Stuffing box, a device for rendering a joint impervious
where there is a hole through which a movable cylindrical
body, as the paston rod of a steam engine, or the plunger
of a pump, slides back and forth, or in which a shaft
turns. It usually consists of a box or chamber, made by an
enlargement of part of the hole, forming a space around
the rod or shaft for containing packing which is
compressed and made to fill the space closely by means of
a sleeve, called the gland, which fits loosely around the
rod, and is pressed upon the packing by bolts or other
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a
reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal [syn:
stuffing box, packing box]