Definitions for "Piston ring"
Keywords:  cylinder, groove, seal, spring, ring
A spring packing ring, or any of several such rings, for a piston.
Ring fitted into the grooves in a piston. There are two types: compression rings for sealing the pressure in the engine combustion chamber and oil rings to remove excessive oil from the cylinder wall.
A sharp edged ring mounted on the piston of gas operated automatic and semiautomatic firearms which makes a close seal between the piston and cylinder wall, and by a scraping action reduces the accumulation of carbon in the cylinder.