Gasket



[gas-kit] /ˈgæs kɪt/

noun
1.
a rubber, metal, or rope ring, for packing a piston or placing around a joint to make it watertight.
2.
Nautical. any of a number of light lines for securing a furled sail to a boom, gaff, or yard.
/ˈɡæskɪt/
noun
1.
a compressible packing piece of paper, rubber, asbestos, etc, sandwiched between the faces or flanges of a joint to provide a seal
2.
(nautical) a piece of line used as a sail stop
3.
(slang) blow a gasket, to burst out in anger
n.

1620s, caskette “small rope or plaited coil used to secure a furled sail,” of uncertain origin, perhaps from French garcette “little girl, maidservant,” diminutive of Old French garce (13c.) “young woman, young girl; whore, harlot, concubine,” fem. of garçon (see garcon). Sense of “packing (originally of braided hemp) to seal metal joints” first recorded 1829.

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