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 The bill supported by Ariel could boost sales of light-duty trucks powered by natural gas and, potentially, Ariel compressors. Randy Ludlow,, "Ohio couple, Nicklaus grandson attended Trump dinner in secret recording," 27 Jan. 2020 Modern touches include the addition of a compressor, gain adjustment, tuning, and panning for select onboard instruments. Popular Science, "Four drum machines for hands-on beat making," 21 Jan. 2020 The Boeing 777-200 suffered an engine compressor stall after leaving Los Angeles International for Shanghai, and the pilots notified air traffic control that the aircraft would need to return to the airport. Alan Levin,, "Delta jet dumped fuel over LA without warning, FAA says," 15 Jan. 2020 The standards in question — for portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, commercial air compressors, and commercial package boilers — have long been in limbo after they were issued in the final days of the Obama administration. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Analysis of Northeast regional cap and trade program illustrates the jobs problem," 13 Jan. 2020 Ridgeway and MacNeil later returned to the residence to get an air compressor, tile saw, and leaf blower that belonged to Beavers. Carol Robinson |, al, "2nd man guilty of capital murder in 2015 Blount County hatchet killing," 18 Nov. 2019 Theft, Henry Road On Sept. 10 a homeowner reported that a compressor was taken from his garage., "Compressor missing from garage: Bay Village Police Blotter," 12 Sep. 2019 If emission levels are exceeding certain levels at a natural gas compressor station with a leak, for example, the data is going to unequivocally reflect that. Mark Johnson, Quartz, "What climate change looks like from outer space," 26 Sep. 2019 And while he's held other jobs, co-owning a company that removed asbestos and another company that rebuilt air conditioning compressors, those were just mechanisms for funding Murphy's true passion. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Sparkly-yet-rugged fixture at the Houston rodeo," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of compressor

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Compressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of compressor

: a machine that compresses air or gas


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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