1. A line or band used to lash a furled sail securely. Sea gaskets are common lines; harbor gaskets are plaited and decorated lines or bands. Called also casket.

2. <mechanics> The plaited hemp used for packing a piston, as of the steam engine and its pumps. Any ring or washer of packing.

Origin: Cf. F. Garcette, It. Gaschetta, Sp. Cajeta caburn, garceta reef point.

(01 Mar 1998)