from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device consisting of a piston that moves within a cylinder containing oil, used to dampen and control motion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mechanical damping device consisting of a piston that moves through a viscous fluid (usually oil); used, in conjunction with a spring, in shock absorbers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a mechanical damping device containing a piston that moves in a fluid-filled chamber to serve as a pneumatic or hydraulic cushion for a falling weight, as in the valve gear of a steam engine, to prevent shock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cylinder containing a loosely fitted piston, and partly filled with fluid, designed to check sudden movements in a piece of mechanism to which it is attached.
- n. A device sometimes used for controlling the motion of an arc-lamp, and in other electrical instruments.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mechanical damper; the vibrating part is attached to a piston that moves in a chamber filled with liquid
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The seating of the main admission valve is cushioned by the dashpot, the piston of which is shown in section at G (Fig. 51).
No dashpot is necessary on this valve, the compression of the steam in the chamber W by the fall of the piston being sufficient to avoid shock.
Yep, let's see, cart attached to wall with a spring, a pendulum attached to the cart, a force applied to the end of the pendulum, and a dashpot between the pendulum and the wall.
As the researchers put it on the experiment’s website, The fact that our simplified systems produce washboard ripples is important since it shows that neither tyres nor suspension are necessary to obtain washboard roads, although of course, adding a spring, a dashpot, a tyre or an engine would affect the size of the bumps.
ARED dashpot/dampers are failing at about the same rate, and it is not clear at this point why.]