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English noun: valve

1. valve (body) a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it


Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure


Narrower (hyponym)cardiac valve, heart valve, ileocecal valve, valvelet, valvula, valvule


Part meronymheart, pump, ticker

2. valve (artifact) device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone


Broader (hypernym)device


Part meronymbrass, brass instrument

3. valve (artifact) control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid


Broader (hypernym)control, controller


Narrower (hyponym)accelerator, ball valve, butterfly valve, choke, clack, clack valve, clapper valve, escape, escape cock, escape valve, exhaust valve, intake valve, poppet, poppet valve, relief valve, safety valve, slide valve, throttle, throttle valve


Part holonymhandwheel, handwheel

4. valve (animal) the entire one-piece shell of a snail and certain other molluscs


Broader (hypernym)shell

5. valve (animal) one of the paired hinged shells of certain molluscs and of brachiopods


Broader (hypernym)shell









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