gasket

Definitions

Aviation

  • noun 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

Construction

  • Any of a variety of seals made from resilient materials and placed between two joining parts (as between a door and its frame, an oil filter and its seat, pipe threads and their fitting, etc.) to prevent the leakage of air, water, gas, or fluid.

Electronics

  • A flexible seal used between parts to maintain contact or prevent the escape of a fluid. For example, that used to form a seal between a speaker cone and its baffle.

Real Estate

  • noun a piece of material, often a rubber or paper disc, used for sealing a joint between objects, e.g. pipes

Origin & History of “gasket”

Although it has never been established for certain, it seems likely that gasket may have originated as a word meaning ‘little girl’ – namely French garcette. This is a diminutive of grace ‘girl’, the feminine form of gars ‘boy’ (whence garçon). It is used figuratively for a ‘small rope’, and was originally borrowed into English in the 17th century as gassit, used as a nautical term for a ‘small rope for attaching a furled sail to a mast’. modern English gasket, first recorded in the early 17th century, seems to be an alteration of this. The main present-day sense ‘joint seal’ (originally made from tow or plaited hemp) developed in the early 19th century.
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