Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plug-cock or faucet, in which the plug is turned around its axis, by a handle or a wrench, in order to open or close it.
- n. The servant of a watercompany who turns on the water for the mains, regulates the fire-plugs, etc.
- n. one employed to control water supply by turning water mains on and off
- n. faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
“Antipa Vologonov sets out a squat samovar that is dinted of side, and plated with green oxide on handle, turncock, and spout.”
“It usually runs into a cistern, until the water-rates get into arrear, when the supply ceases through the intervention of a turncock.”
“Vologonov sets out a squat samovar that is dinted of side, and plated with green oxide on handle, turncock, and spout.”
“They watched him oil a turncock sunk in the ground between two furze-bushes.”
“The little man was left in the centre of the room, his deep eyes smouldering upon the backs of the retreating members, his thumb and finger raised to the turncock of the metre.”
“One knew at a glance that if the turncock was to come, see, and overcome the reluctance of the allotted cock-to-be-turned, the water would burst out at every pore of the service-pipes in that house, except the taps; and would know also that the adept who came to soften their hearts and handles would have to go back for his tools, and would be a very long time away.”
“Let me ask, What are the real feelings of a householder who is requested to hand out a present to a turncock or dustman whom he has never seen?”
“Fortunately the church door was close at hand, but before he entered he was aware that the turncock had joined the throng with three bright instruments over his shoulder, as if his services were likely to be wanted toward the end.”
“I am on nodding terms with a meditative turncock who lingers in one of them, and whom I suspect of a turn for poetry; the rather as he looks out of temper when he gives the fire-plug a disparaging wrench with that large tuning-fork of his which would wear out the shoulder of his coat, but for a precautionary piece of inlaid leather.”
“The master workman in the engine-room does not teach his apprentice the theory of expansion, or of atmospheric pressure; he guides his hand upon the turncock, he practises his eye upon the index, and he leaves the science to follow when the practice has become mechanical.”
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