Dash"pot` (?), n. Mach.
A pneumatic or hydraulic cushion for a falling weight, as in the valve gear of a steam engine, to prevent shock.
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It consists of a chamber, containing air or a liquid, in which a piston (a), attached to the weight, falls freely until it enters a space (as below the openings, b) from which the air or liquid can escape but slowly (as through cock c), when its fall is gradually checked.
A cataract of an engine is sometimes called a dashpot.
© Webster 1913.