compressed air


Definition of compressed air

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

Examples of compressed air in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The air guns then fire compressed air that creates sound pulses that reverberate off the sea floor and provide subsurface images. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 That compressed air inside the pump and shoved water into a tube. John Fialka, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors argue Streater breathed from a compressed air canister to get high, then drove recklessly and caused the violent crash. Marc Freeman,, 27 June 2021 Try Blow-Off, which is a compressed air duster for keyboards. USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 An alternative method for fixing dents in plastic car body parts uses heat and compressed air from a can. Jeff Harper,, 11 Mar. 2021 All that’s needed for their use is a 110-volt plug and a compressed air supply. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2020 Speed up that slow computer Routine maintenance, such as cleaning out your computer with a can of compressed air, is a good way to unclog fans and clear circuit boards. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2020 To give it a just-like-new look, refresh air vents with a spritz of compressed air and wipe down the dashboard with a cloth wet with an all-purpose cleaner like Car Guys Super Cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of compressed air

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Compressed air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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