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oakum

loose fibre obtained by unravelling old rope, used esp for caulking seams in wooden ships

Oakum

 

a short, entangled, unspinnable fiber that contains a lot of shive. Oakum is obtained during the primary treatment of flax and hemp (breaking and scutching). Oakum frequently is processed into slivers and impregnated with tar. It is used in civil engineering work and has various other industrial uses.

oakum

[′ōk·əm]
(materials)
Old hemp or jute fiber, loosely twisted and impregnated with tar or a tar derivative, used to caulk sides and decks of ships and to pack joints of pipes and caissons.

oakum

A caulking material made from old hemp rope fibers that have been treated with tar.
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After oakum packing, and before grout injection, a tracking dye is pumped into the bedding, to verify that injection holes have been drilled in the right area--if dye isn't seen coming through the leaks, the drilled hole has to be relocated.
GRIM Young girls pick oakum from old ropes in a workhouse
Men and older boys picked oakum and broke stones for roads; women and girls washed in the laundry, sewed and cleaned floors.
Amongst the male inmates, one was employed as a rough carpenter; two as shoemakers; one as a painter; one as a tinsmith; one as a tailor; one as a barber; one as a cooper; two as cooks; one as a gatekeeper; twenty-one as mess-room cleaners, wardsmen, and yardmen; tour as cleaners of day-room, bath-room, wash-house, and closets; ten as oakum pickers; twenty-nine as agricultural labourers; and, eighty were described as incapable of work.
Soft patches typically use a combination of rubber sheet material, rags, oakum, marline, wire, various size wedges, and canvas.
here comes that ghost-devil, Fedallah; tail coiled out of sight as usual, oakum in the toes of his pumps as usual.
The plank-bed, the loathsome food, the hard ropes shredded into oakum till one's fingertips grow dull with pain, the menial offices with which each day begins and finishes, the harsh orders that routine seems to necessitate, the dreadful dress that makes sorry grotesque to look at, the silence, the solitude, the shame--each and all of these things I have to transform into a spiritual experience.
Jeremy Barlow is a meticulous student of eighteenth-century musical instruments, but less concerned with untangling the screwed-up oakum knot of William Hogarth.
So you'll begin to pick oakum to-morrow morning at six o'clock,' added the surly one in the white waistcoat.
The able-bodied were given hard work such as stone-breaking or tasks such as having to pick apart old ropes called oakum.
Zacks is interested in how these people married and ate as well as in how they hove to in a storm or fixed leaks with oakum.