compressed air


Definition of compressed air 

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

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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 Each boy was fitted with a face mask connected to a compressed air tank. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Rescue efforts resume for remaining 8 boys and their coach trapped in the Thai cave," 9 July 2018 Throughout all this time, Apple has remained mostly silent on the issue, merely pointing users toward a how-to page on its site that recommends cleaning the keyboard out with compressed air. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Will Apple discuss its MacBook keyboard problems at WWDC?," 1 June 2018 The rescued people are being fitted with face masks connected to a compressed air tank carried by divers. Washington Post,, "Four boys removed from Thailand cave as divers race to beat the rains," 9 July 2018 The heated compressed air passed out of the engine through the jet nozzle. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 Grab your compressed air, give it a quick burst away from the laptop to get rid of any condensation, then start blowing air into any cracks and crevices: the keyboard, the vents and even the USB ports. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, "How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop," 26 June 2018 Without using any explosives whatsoever, the cannon remarkably uses just compressed air to blast the bottles through tough targets. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "School shootings: This cannon fires unbelievable ammo to blast through walls and help rescue victims," 31 May 2018

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compressed air

com·pressed air | \kəm-ˌprest-ˈa(ə)r, käm-, -ˈe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of compressed air 

: air under pressure greater than that of the atmosphere

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