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Oakum meaning

oakum - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in nackling.
  2. 2. The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose fiber old hemp ropes; - used for calking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc.
  3. 3. Old ropes pulled to pieces, used for calking ships' seams.

oakum - examples of usage

  1. If deep sloughing has taken place the carbolic solution should be used, and a wad of oakum or cotton smeared with pine tar should be secured firmly in the cleft. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. Care should be taken not to allow the wound to close too rapidly, to prevent which a tent of lint or oakum should be introduced. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. To prepare it a quantity of oakum was spread over the sail, and stitched down by the sail- makers, thus forming what seemed like an enormous mat. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
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