com·​pres·​sor | \ kəm-ˈpre-sər How to pronounce compressor (audio) \

Definition of compressor

: one that compresses: such as
a : a muscle that compresses a part
b : a machine that compresses gases

Examples of compressor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whynter’s automatic ice cream maker with a high-efficiency compressor is a true standout in terms of value for the price. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 Top mower brand Ryobi, for instance, strongly recommends against using water to clean an electric mower and suggests using a blower or air compressor instead. Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 In these situations, the individual may let air from a tire or add a gas tank contaminant, then approach the female to offer help in the form of a battery pack, air compressor or a ride. Breanne Kovatch,, 28 May 2022 This compressor can work in both directions, heating or cooling the house. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 An electric compressor fan on the nose of the pod would theoretically transfer high pressure air from the front to the rear to ensure the capsule doesn’t decelerate due to a build-up of wind resistance. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 Yesterday an air compressor malfunction resulted in smoke emitting from the equipment. Tandra Smith |, al, 26 Mar. 2022 Airbrush foundation formulas are typically drier than traditional ones, as they must be pushed through the compressor. Marielle Marlys, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 Medical tubing wound throughout their home, connecting to an oxygen compressor in Peter's bedroom., 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of compressor

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Compressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for compressor


com·​pres·​sor | \ kəm-ˈpre-sər How to pronounce compressor (audio) \

Kids Definition of compressor

: a machine for reducing the volume of something (as air) by pressure


com·​pres·​sor | \ -ˈpres-ər How to pronounce compressor (audio) \

Medical Definition of compressor

: one that compresses: as
a : a muscle that compresses a part
b : a machine that compresses gases

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