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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An empty space left around the external foundation-walls of a building to prevent the earth from lying against them and thus causing dampness.
  • n. In molding, a large passage for the escape of gases from heavy castings while in the mold.
  • n. A pipe or flue built into a fireplace to insure an ample supply of air.

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