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Definition: Check valve
, n. [L. valva the leaf, fold, or valve of a door:
cf. F. valve.]
1. A door; especially, one of a pair of folding doors, or one
of the leaves of such a door.
Swift through the valves the visionary fair
Heavily closed, . . . the valves of the barn doors.
2. A lid, plug, or cover, applied to an aperture so that by
its movement, as by swinging, lifting and falling,
sliding, turning, or the like, it will open or close the
aperture to permit or prevent passage, as of a fluid.
Note: A valve may act automatically so as to be opened by the
effort of a fluid to pass in one direction, and closed
by the effort to pass in the other direction, as a
clack valve; or it may be opened or closed by hand or
by mechanism, as a screw valve, or a slide valve.
3. (Anat.) One or more membranous partitions, flaps, or
folds, which permit the passage of the contents of a
vessel or cavity in one direction, but stop or retard the
flow in the opposite direction; as, the ileocolic, mitral,
and semilunar valves.
(a) One of the pieces into which a capsule naturally
separates when it bursts.
(b) One of the two similar portions of the shell of a
(c) A small portion of certain anthers, which opens like a
trapdoor to allow the pollen to escape, as in the
5. (Zo["o]l.) One of the pieces or divisions of bivalve or
, Ball valve
, Check valve
, etc. See under
, a kind of balance valve usually
consisting of a movable, open-ended, turban-shaped shell
provided with two faces of nearly equal diameters, one
above another, which rest upon two corresponding seats
when the valve is closed.
(a) A balance valve. See under Balance
(b) A valve for permitting air, steam, water, etc., to
pass into or out of a chamber so as to establish or
maintain equal pressure within and without.
(Mach.), a chamber in which a valve works;
especially (Steam Engine), the steam chest; -- called in
England valve box
, and valve casing
. See Steam chest
, under Steam
(Mach.), that part of the surface of a valve
which comes in contact with the valve seat
, or Valve motion
(Steam Engine), the system of
parts by which motion is given to the valve or valves for
the distribution of steam in the cylinder. For an
illustration of one form of valve gear, see Link motion
(a) The fixed surface on which a valve rests or against
which it presses.
(b) A part or piece on which such a surface is formed.
(Mach.), a rod attached to a valve, for moving
(Mach.), a strap embracing a slide valve and
connecting it to the valve stem.
(ch[e^]k), n. [OE. chek, OF. eschec, F. ['e]chec,
a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl.
['e]checs chess, through Ar., fr. Pers. sh[=a]h king. See
, and cf. Checkmate
1. (Chess) A word of warning denoting that the king is in
danger; such a menace of a player's king by an adversary's
move as would, if it were any other piece, expose it to
immediate capture. A king so menaced is said to be in
check, and must be made safe at the next move.
2. A condition of interrupted or impeded progress; arrest;
stop; delay; as, to hold an enemy in check.
Which gave a remarkable check to the first progress
of Christianity. --Addison.
No check, no stay, this streamlet fears.
3. Whatever arrests progress, or limits action; an obstacle,
guard, restraint, or rebuff.
Useful check upon the administration of government.
A man whom no check could abash. --Macaulay.
4. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be
prevented, or a thing or person may be identified; as,
checks placed against items in an account; a check given
for baggage; a return check on a railroad.
5. A written order directing a bank or banker to pay money as
therein stated. See Bank check
6. A woven or painted design in squares resembling the patten
of a checkerboard; one of the squares of such a design;
also, cloth having such a figure.
7. (Falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to
follow other birds.
8. Small chick or crack.
, a written order on a banker or broker to pay
money in his keeping belonging to the signer.
, a book containing blank forms for checks upon a
, a hook on the saddle of a harness, over which a
checkrein is looped.
, a list or catalogue by which things may be
verified, or on which they may be checked.
(Mech.), a secondary nut, screwing down upon the
primary nut to secure it. --Knight.
(Mech.), a valve in the feed pipe of a boiler,
or other conduit, to prevent the return of the feed water
or other fluid.
To take check
, to take offense. [Obs.] --Dryden.
Syn: Hindrance; setback; interruption; obstruction;
reprimand; censure; rebuke; reproof; repulse; rebuff;
tally; counterfoil; counterbalance; ticket; draft.