Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In gunnery, a device consisting of a cylinder and piston, used for checking the recoil of heavy guns by means of the elasticity of atmospheric air confined within it; a pneumatic buffer.
  • noun Any cylinder in which air is used, as in an engine run by compressed air instead of by steam.

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  • This rope was wound seven times over the sheaves as above, and led upward and over a single-groove sheave, which was operated by the piston of an air-cylinder, and in this manner the pressure was applied to the rolls.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 2

  • This rope was wound seven times over the sheaves as above, and led upward and over a single-groove sheave, which was operated by the piston of an air-cylinder, and in this manner the pressure was applied to the rolls.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions

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