air pump


Definition of air pump

: a pump for exhausting air from a closed space or for compressing air or forcing it through other apparatus

Examples of air pump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their land is dotted with retro-cool objects – including 1940s parking meters, an old Sinclair gas-and-air pump, and a 1946 GMC half-ton truck named Josie. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Cold feet leads Amberley woman to cool truck: How the Book Bus was born," 4 Sep. 2020 Whitlock zipped up his bright yellow Tyvek suit, equipped with what looks like a scuba mask attached to an air pump. Kyung Lah, Julia Jones And Kim Berryman, CNN, "Medics are down to their last defense with coronavirus swamping their town," 9 July 2020 Since nitromethane can produce a lot of power with only atmospheric oxygen, packing more air into every cylinder with a huge air pump increases the power output by several multiples. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "A (Barely) Controlled Explosion, and 330 M.P.H. Before You Can Blink," 17 May 2020 The ‘pool party in a box’ from Minidip arrived just in time with this cute inflatable pool and easy-to-use air pump (and lots of fun accessories, like confetti, beach balls, and koozies). T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "6 Items T+L Editors Bought to Turn Their Backyards Into a Vacation Getaway," 5 May 2020 Using a screwdriver, pliers, and an air pump, the popular CBS talk show host appeared to make his bike operational in less than five minutes. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Bicycling for sanity during a coronavirus pandemic: Phillip Morris," 1 Apr. 2020 Prosecutors said video footage obtained from Walmart showed Chavez and one of his accomplices went to Walmart in Oneonta soon after burying the bodies to purchase headphones, drinks, an air pump, and chewing gum. Carol Robinson |, al, "Son convicted of capital murder in parents’ Blount County slayings," 16 Mar. 2020 The shell is flocked with microfiber for soft, thermo-regulating coziness and the powerful built-in air pump inflates the entire mattress in less than two minutes. Popular Science, "Four air mattresses for any kind of guest," 8 Jan. 2020 The ball is removable, comes with an air pump, and features a support bar for your back. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Comfortable office chairs that’ll make your coworkers very jealous," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of air pump

1653, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Air pump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of air pump

: a pump used for removing air from or adding air to something (such as a tire)

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