Valve

Definition of Valve

n.1.
1.A door; especially, one of a pair of folding doors, or one of the leaves of such a door.
Heavily closed, . . . the valves of the barn doors.
- Longfellow.
2.A lid, plug, or cover, applied to an aperture so that by its movement, as by swinging, lifting and falling, sliding, turning, or the like, it will open or close the aperture to permit or prevent passage, as of a fluid.
3.(Anat.) One or more membranous partitions, flaps, or folds, which permit the passage of the contents of a vessel or cavity in one direction, but stop or retard the flow in the opposite direction; as, the ileocolic, mitral, and semilunar valves.
4.(Bot.) One of the pieces into which a capsule naturally separates when it bursts.
5.(Zool.) One of the pieces or divisions of bivalve or multivalve shells.
Air valve
etc. See under Air. Ball, Check, etc.
Double-beat valve
a kind of balance valve usually consisting of a movable, open-ended, turban-shaped shell provided with two faces of nearly equal diameters, one above another, which rest upon two corresponding seats when the valve is closed.
Equilibrium valve
a - A balance valve. See under Balance.
b - A valve for permitting air, steam, water, etc., to pass into or out of a chamber so as to establish or maintain equal pressure within and without.
Valve chest
(Mach.) a chamber in which a valve works; especially (Steam Engine), the steam chest; - called in England valve box, and valve casing. See Steam chest, under Steam.
Valve face
(Mach.) that part of the surface of a valve which comes in contact with the valve seat.
Valve gear
(Steam Engine) the system of parts by which motion is given to the valve or valves for the distribution of steam in the cylinder. For an illustration of one form of valve gear, see Link motion.
Valve seat
a - (Mach.) The fixed surface on which a valve rests or against which it presses.
b - A part or piece on which such a surface is formed.
Valve stem
(Mach.) a rod attached to a valve, for moving it.
Valve yoke
(Mach.) a strap embracing a slide valve and connecting it to the valve stem.

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aerophone, ball cock, ball valve, bell, bung, bunghole, check valve, cock, cork, discharge tube, double reed, drain cock, draw cock, embouchure, faucet, gate, horn, key, lid, lip, mouthpiece, needle valve, peg, petcock, pin, pipe, plug, radio tube, reed, sea cock, slide, spigot, spike, spile, spill, stop, stopcock, stopgap, stopper, stopple, tap, tooter, tube, vacuum tube, valvula, valvule, wind, wind instrument
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