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 noise made by its action. [1913 Webster]


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