valve

valve
\ \ [14] The etymological notion underlying valve is of a door opening and closing. The word was adapted from Latin valva, which denoted one of the sections of a folding or revolving door, and may have had links with volvereroll’ (source of English revolve). It carried its original meaning with it into English, but it was not used at all widely until various metaphorical senses, such as ‘flap controlling the flow of a fluid’ and ‘half of a shell’, evolved. The electronic valve is so called because current can flow in only one direction through it; the usage dates from the early 20th century.

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  • valve — [ valv ] n. f. • 1752; « battant de porte » 1560; sens du lat. valva I ♦ 1 ♦ Chacune des deux parties de la coquille (dite bivalve) de certains mollusques et crustacés. « La valve rainurée d une coquille de Saint Jacques » (Proust). ♢ (1771) Bot …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • valvé — valve [ valv ] n. f. • 1752; « battant de porte » 1560; sens du lat. valva I ♦ 1 ♦ Chacune des deux parties de la coquille (dite bivalve) de certains mollusques et crustacés. « La valve rainurée d une coquille de Saint Jacques » (Proust). ♢… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • valve — [valv] n. [ME, a door leaf < L valva, leaf of a folding door, akin to volvere, to roll: see WALK; VALVE senses 3, 4, 8 < ModL valva < L] 1. Archaic either of the halves of a double door or any of the leaves of a folding door 2. a gate… …   English World dictionary

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  • valve — [vælv] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: valva part of a door ] 1.) a part of a tube or pipe that opens and shuts like a door to control the flow of liquid, gas, air etc passing through it ▪ heart valves ↑mouthpiece, ↑valve 2.) the part on a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Valve — [vælv] der; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. valve, dies aus lat. valvae (Plur.) »die Türflügel, (Flügel)tür«> Sperrwechsel für Linien der gleichen Figur (Thema im Kunstschach); vgl. auch ↑Bivalve …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • valve — (n.) late 14c., one of the halves of a folding door, from L. valva section of a folding or revolving door, lit. that which turns, related to volvere to roll (see VULVA (Cf. vulva)). Sense extended 1610s to membranous fold regulating flow of… …   Etymology dictionary

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