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STUFFING, ppr. Filling; crowding.
noun Date: 15th century material used to stuff;
Packing of cargo into a container. See also unstuffing. (JP 4-09)
n. 1 padding used to stuff cushions etc. 2 a mixture used to stuff poultry etc., esp. before cooking. Phrases and idioms: knock (or take) the stuffing out of colloq. make feeble or weak; defeat. stuffing-box a box packed with material, to allow the working of an axle while remaining airtight.
Stuffing Stuff"ing, n. 1. That which is used for filling anything; as, the stuffing of a saddle or cushion. 2. (Cookery) Any seasoning preparation used to stuff meat; especially, a composition of bread, condiments, spices, etc.; forcemeat; dressing. 3. A mixture of oil and tallow used in softening and dressing leather. Stuffing box, a device for rendering a joint impervious where there is a hole through which a movable cylindrical body, as the paston rod of a steam engine, or the plunger of a pump, slides back and forth, or in which a shaft turns. It usually consists of a box or chamber, made by an enlargement of part of the hole, forming a space around the rod or shaft for containing packing which is compressed and made to fill the space closely by means of a sleeve, called the gland, which fits loosely around the rod, and is pressed upon the packing by bolts or other means.
Stuff Stuff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Stuffing.] [OE. stoffen; cf. OF. estoffer, F. ['e]toffer, to put stuff in, to stuff, to line, also, OF. estouffer to stifle, F. ['e]touffer; both perhaps of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stop. Cf. Stop, v. t., Stuff, n.] 1. To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick. Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown, And stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown. --Gay. Lest the gods, for sin, Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin. --Dryden. 2. To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack. Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together . . . and they retain smell and color. --Bacon. 3. To fill by being pressed or packed into. With inward arms the dire machine they load, And iron bowels stuff the dark abode. --Dryden. 4. (Cookery) To fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey. 5. To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration. I'm stuffed, cousin; I can not smell. --Shak. 6. To fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; -- said of birds or other animals. 7. To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material. An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal. --Swift. 8. To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies. 9. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box). [U. S.]
(stuffings) 1. Stuffing is a mixture of food that is put inside a bird such as a chicken, or a vegetable such as a pepper, before it is cooked. Chestnuts can be used at Christmas time, as a stuffing for turkey, guinea fowl or chicken. N-MASS 2. Stuffing is material that is used to fill things such as cushions or toys in order to make them firm or solid.
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