Meaning of VALVE in English

— valveless , adj. — valvelike , adj.

/valv/ , n. , v. , valved, valving .


1. any device for halting or controlling the flow of a liquid, gas, or other material through a passage, pipe, inlet, outlet, etc.

2. a hinged lid or other movable part that closes or modifies the passage in such a device.

3. Anat. a membranous fold or other structure that controls the flow of a fluid, as one that permits blood to flow in one direction only.

4. (in musical wind instruments of the trumpet class) a device for changing the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone.

5. Zool.

a. one of the two or more separable pieces composing certain shells.

b. either half of the silicified shell of a diatom.

6. Bot.

a. one of the segments into which a capsule dehisces.

b. a flap or lidlike part of certain anthers.

7. Electronics. Chiefly Brit. See vacuum tube (def. 1).

8. Archaic. one of the leaves of a double or folding door.


9. to provide with a means of controlling the flow of liquid, gas, etc., by inserting a valve.

[ 1350-1400; ME valvae leaves of a door ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .