compressed air


Definition of compressed air

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

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Even a quick blast of compressed air to dry off a fastener will leave an oily film behind, affecting ultimate torque. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 This blows Conventional turbojet engines burn fuel to heat compressed air, which then blasts out the back of the engine to create thrust. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 Instead, opt for a can of compressed air, an air compressor set to a low psi, or a vacuum cleaner (a wet/dry Shop-Vac would be perfect). Joel Johnson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Save Your Wet Cellphone…with Rice!," 3 Mar. 2017 The cameras reside in a glass enclosure onto which compressed air is blown to clear rain, bugs or fogging. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "With Saab's Remote Towers, Air Traffic Controllers Could Work From Anywhere," 23 Mar. 2016 The compressed air inside these bottles isn’t being used to propel the rocket directly. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 Pressurization happens via the engines, which compress incoming air, heat it up, and then divert some of that hot compressed air to the cabin. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized," 21 Sep. 2018 Horsfall developed a 4-inch-caliber cannon with a ten-foot barrel, powered by compressed air and capable of firing projectiles at 200 mph. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 22 Dec. 2016 Cave divers often wear their compressed air tanks on the side of their body instead of on their backs. John Ismay, New York Times, "Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of compressed air

1669, in the meaning defined above

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compressed air

com·​pressed air | \ kəm-ˌprest-ˈa(ə)r, käm-, -ˈe(ə)r How to pronounce compressed air (audio) \

Medical Definition of compressed air

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

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