from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In some forms of breech-loading firearms, a gas-check consisting of a thin steel or copper plate perforated to the exact size of the caliber of the gun, and serving as a face-plate to the breech-block. The chamber of the breech-block is larger than the hole in the plate, so that when a charge explodes in the gun the gas from the explosion flies back into the chamber, forcing the plate or ring forward against the breech of the gun.
  • n. A work-bench gasolene heating-burner in which the jets of flame are arranged in a circle; a ring burner.


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  • They possessed no stove, managing their cooking on a single gas-ring in the fireplace.


  • Mr. Graves repeated the mistake a few minutes later when they had boiled the kettle and were making toast on the gas-ring.

    The Complete Stories

  • “Play up, play up,” and after the match the smell of crumpets being toasted over a gas-ring in his study ...

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  • "Soon be warm," he said, and dashed into the kitchen to make the coffee, filling the percolator with hot water for quickness and dumping it on the gas-ring.

    Frost at Christmas

  • I mentioned Nurse's gas-ring and a few other things, which he promised to fetch.

    Crime On the Coast

  • She added, however, that in any decently-run household there would be a gas-ring in the patient's bedroom.

    Crime On the Coast

  • Anna patiently passed him some butter for his burn and lit his cheroot at the gas-ring.

    The Vatican Rip

  • The set-up was indeed modest enough: a desk of light-coloured wood, of a mass-produced model, a green-painted metal file, a small gas-ring on the right, with a teapot and some cups.

    Maigret's Mistake

  • Luckily we had a gas-ring, as it would have been an impossibility to run up and down the sixty-nine steps to the kitchen every time we wanted more hot water.

    Fanny Goes to War

  • All the guests visited the wards, and then adjourned for tea to the top room where the housekeeper had to perform miracles with the gas-ring.

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