from The Century Dictionary.

  • So tight as to admit of no leakage: used to signify that a boiler is without a leak at any rivet, seam, or joint when tested under steam pressure.


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  • I'm having the whole cave tested with a leak-detector and sealed bottle-tight.

    Masters Of The Vortex

  • As the fleet blasted in tight formation for Kalonia III, Boskonian experts tested the Dauntless 'defenses thoroughly, and found them bottle-tight.

    Children of the Lens

  • Even the war-vessels. of the Fleet, while on practice maneuvers outside the bottle-tight envelopes. surrounding the system, were so screened that no unauthorized communication could possibly be made.

    First Lensman

  • But nothing more happened; the door remained closed, the cell stayed bottle-tight, and time wore slowly on.

    Spacehounds of IPC

  • The insulating space was evacuated and held its vacuum -- outer and inner shells were bottle-tight.

    Spacehounds of IPC

  • As the powerful toggles forced the heavy screw threads into engagement and drove the massive disk home into its bottle-tight, insulated seat, that grisly tip fell severed to the floor of the compartment and lay there, twitching and writhing with a loathsome and unearthly vigor.



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