compressed air


Definition of compressed air

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

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When the airguns open, compressed air pushes on the seawater, creating a sound wave that travels through the Earth. Emilie Hooft, The Conversation, "We probed Santorini’s volcano with sound to learn what’s going on beneath the surface," 24 June 2019 Half a dozen volunteers — mostly local retirees — huddle over workstations, using compressed air scribes that look like tattoo guns to pick minuscule chunks of rock from tyrannosaur fossils in plaster jackets. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 The force behind this river of air, however, does change, with the volume of falling, compressed air and the changing contours of the ice surface. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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