from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An intake or exhaust valve, operated by springs and cams, that plugs and unplugs its opening by axial motion.

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  • noun mechanics A valve (as in an internal combustion engine) which consists of a sliding shaft with a disk on the end (the disk being shaped to alternately plug and unplug a matching port) and which is operated by springs and possibly cams interacting with the shaft.

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  • noun a mushroom-shaped valve that rises perpendicularly from its seat; commonly used in internal-combustion engines


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