1. A poppet valve.
a. A small removable piece of wood on the washboard of a boat, covering a cutout space that can be used as an oarlock.
b. One of the beams of a launching cradle supporting a ship's hull.
3. Chiefly British A darling.
[Middle English popet, small child, doll, puppet; see PUPPET.]
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