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 most significant installment was the state-of-the-art dive center, with a custom air compressor. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: Meet ‘Game Changer,’ a 227-Foot Explorer Yacht With the World’s Best Dive Center," 26 Mar. 2021 Whitmore was carrying a small keychain-style flashlight and Hampton’s air compressor, Hampton testified. Megan Crepeau,, "First Cook County jury to hear a case after court closures for COVID-19 finds man guilty of burglary," 24 Mar. 2021 Officials said that employees were transferring gasoline from one metal drum to another using an air compressor. oregonlive, "Massive fire, explosions at Cornelius ethanol facility likely caused by static spark, officials say," 17 Mar. 2021 And as blackouts spread across the state, power was cut not only to homes and businesses but to the compressor stations that power natural gas pipelines — further cutting off the flow of supplies to power plants. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "The two hours that nearly destroyed the Texas electric grid," 22 Feb. 2021 To see which one your system uses, check the label on the compressor. Marni Jameson,, "New HVAC system trips heated discussion," 19 Feb. 2021 The Black & Decker Power Station features multiple recharge options, a work light, a 120-psi air compressor, USB taps and a 500-watt AC inverter with two plugs to run small appliances. Cnet, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best portable jump starter for your car in 2021," 31 Jan. 2021 The pump has a compressor that absorbs and then releases heat. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Heat Pump Works," 5 July 2020 The compressor is inside your heat pump, located outside your home. Dallas News, "6 reasons why cold air is coming from your vents when your heater is on," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of compressor

1839, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2021

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“Compressor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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