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A sudden, strong gust of wind coming up without warning, noted by whitecaps or white, broken water; usually seen in whirlwind form in clear weather in the tropics.

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SEQUESTER

To form a stable, water-soluble complex.

BALL BEARING

An anti-friction rolling type bearing containing rolling elements in the form of balls.

CLOUD POINT

The temperature at which waxy crystals in an oil or fuel form a cloudy appearance.

CRACKING

The process whereby large molecules are broken down by the application of heat and pressure to form smaller molecules.

DEMULSIBILITY

The ability of a fluid that is insoluble in water to separate from water with which it may be mixed in the form of an emulsion.

TO HAUL

To change the course of a sailing vessel to bring the wind farther forward, usually used with up, such as haul up.

HEAD WIND

Wind from ahead of the vessel

CARBON

A non-metallic element - No. 6 in the periodic table. Diamonds and graphite are pure forms of carbon. Carbon is a constituent of all organic compounds. It also occurs in combined form in many inorganic substances; i.e., carbon dioxide, limestone, etc.

BRINELLING

Permanent deformation of the bearing surfaces where the rollers (or balls) contact the races. Brinelling results from excessive load or impact on stationary bearings. It is a form of mechanical damage in which metal is displaced or upset without attrition.

GRAPHITE

A crystalline form of carbon having a laminar structure, which is used as a lubricant. It may be of natural or synthetic origin.
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