Saturday, February 27, 2016

piston & thump


Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out

He seemed to come from the humming oily centre of the machine where the polished rods are sliding, and the pistons thumping; he grasped things so firmly but so loosely; he made the others appear like old maids cheapening remnants.


a part of an engine that consists of a short cylinder that fits inside a tube and moves up and down or backwards and forwards to make other parts of the engine move.

1. to fall on or hit a surface hard, with a loud dull sound;
2. to beat strongly;
3. to his sb/sth hard, especially with your closed hand;

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