com·​pres·​sor | \ kəm-ˈpre-sər \

Definition of compressor

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

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The first case was the regulation of beverage vending-machine compressors. WSJ, "Debating the Social Cost of CO2 Emissions," 25 Oct. 2018 In addition to the 45-piece first-aid kit, the Warrior Road Kit comes with a 250-psi air compressor, a reflective triangle and a set of jumper cables. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018 The engine of a British Airways jet caught fire in Las Vegas nearly three years ago because a compressor cracked from regular usage, federal investigators announced Wednesday. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: British Airways engine failed because of compressor disk cracked from use," 21 June 2018 The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental; Murray said some dust got heated up and caused a compressor to catch on fire. Emily Sweeney,, "Weymouth firefighters battle two-alarm blaze," 26 Mar. 2018 Two other Dominion compressors, in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, are already situated along the same pipeline. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Dominion may move the compressor it planned to build across from Mount Vernon," 3 July 2018 Although some people opt for a full-size spare or a space saver spare, the simplest option is to carry a kit containing a tire sealer and compressor similar to what many new cars now have. Bob Weber,, "What is the risk of buying a discontinued car?," 6 May 2018 But Fade, of the energy company, said the compressor would blend into the forest in any case. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Across from Washington’s estate, a fight between natural gas and a historic view," 26 June 2018 The DeWalt compressor features 165 max PSI and two universal couples, so two people can draw air at the same time. Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Pump Yourself Up With Air Compressors for Less," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of compressor

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of compressor

: a machine that compresses air or gas


com·​pres·​sor | \ kəm-ˈpre-sər \

Kids Definition of compressor

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


com·​pres·​sor | \ -ˈpres-ər \

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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