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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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