Definition of gasket in English:


Syllabification: gas·ket
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaskət


1A shaped piece or ring of rubber or other material sealing the junction between two surfaces in an engine or other device.
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  • 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.
  • The door to the battery is even sealed with a rubber gasket.
2A cord securing a furled sail to the yard, boom, or gaff of a sailing vessel.
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  • 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.
  • Triumph Boats sent me new gaskets for the storage compartment hatches and I put them in, but the compartments still take on water.
  • 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.


early 17th century (sense 2): perhaps from French garcette 'thin rope' (originally 'little girl'), diminutive of garce, feminine of gars 'boy'.

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