Definition of 'valve'
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The rebound from the July wobbles owed something to the sterling safety valve. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Like a safety valve, it releases the pent-up pressures of our wired cacophony. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The chambers are divided by valves which control the flow of blood through them. Coping with Angina (1990)An enlarged heart muscle or narrowed valve would make you short of breath when exercising. The Sun (2012)Fit an isolation valve to a gas cooker so it cannot be turned on and left on. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There were pipes and valves to make it breathe and move. The Sun (2016)This manufacturer of pumps and valves supplies mining and energy exploration companies around the globe. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is because sterling is a safety valve. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It provides control valves for liquids at high temperatures and pressures. Times, Sunday Times (2010)When a faulty heart valve can be used instead of metal and plastic ones. The Sun (2013)Firefighters said a man had taken off a valve before realising gas was still leaking out. The Sun (2010)There is no safety valve for their views. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)These are the noises made by the valves in the heart as they snap shut. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This is the part of the heart that receives blood through the valve and then pumps it round the body. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There's a button for the air valve. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The picture featured a cross-section of a giant pump made with leather valves and wooden pipes. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It is now focused on valves that control the flow of dangerous, sensitive or expensive fluids. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Worth 105m, it makes specialist valves for bulk liquid tankers. Times, Sunday Times (2014)For example, a one-way valve in the drainage pipe can stop sewage backing up into the house. Times, Sunday Times (2013)THE first traffic lights in Victorian London exploded because of a leaking gas valve. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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British English: valve NOUN
A valve is a device attached to a pipe or a tube which controls the flow of air or liquid through the pipe or tube.
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