Snifting
Snifting Snift"ing, a. & n. from {Snift}. [1913 Webster]

{Snifting valve}, a small valve opening into the atmosphere from the cylinder or condenser of a steam engine, to allow the escape of air when the piston makes a stroke; -- so called from the noise made by its action. [1913 Webster]


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  • Snifting — Snift Snift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Snifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snifting}.] [From {Sniff}.] 1. To snort. [Obs.] Resentment expressed by snifting. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell. [1913 Webster] It now appears that they were… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snifting — snift·ing …   English syllables

  • snifting — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Snifting valve — Snifting Snift ing, a. & n. from {Snift}. [1913 Webster] {Snifting valve}, a small valve opening into the atmosphere from the cylinder or condenser of a steam engine, to allow the escape of air when the piston makes a stroke; so called from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snifting valve — A snifting valve (sometimes snifter valve) is an automatic anti vacuum valve used in a steam locomotive when coasting. The word Snift imitates the sound made by the valve.When the driver shuts off the steam to the cylinders of a steam locomotive… …   Wikipedia

  • snifting valve — a valve for releasing small quantities of steam, compressed air, or condensate, as from the cylinder of a steam engine. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • snifting-valve — n. Blow valve, tail valve …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • snifting valve — noun see snifter valve * * * a valve for releasing small quantities of steam, compressed air, or condensate, as from the cylinder of a steam engine. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • snifting-valve — sniftˈer valve or sniftˈing valve noun An air valve of a cylinder, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑snift …   Useful english dictionary

  • Superheater — See superheating for the physics process. General arrangement of a superheater installation in a steam locomotive …   Wikipedia

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