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

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Inside the pump is a compressor that absorbs and then releases heat. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Heat Pump Works," 14 Jan. 2019 Essential tools include 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper, an electric sander, masking tape, an air compressor or a spray gun, newspapers for masking off, face masks, safety glasses, and paint thinners. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint a Car," 4 Feb. 2019 Another worry shared by both activists such as Canavan and preservationists at Mount Vernon is the risk of a potential fire or explosion at the compressor. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Across from Washington’s estate, a fight between natural gas and a historic view," 26 June 2018 The reason fridge explosions happen is usually due to the fridge's compressor. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Here's What Really Causes Fridge Explosions," 7 Jan. 2019 Heating is accomplished by running the AC process in reverse: Instead of using a compressor to remove heat from inside a home, the heat pump moves outside heat into the home. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 This includes installation of smart compressor control technology and an electrochemical process to guard underground pipe from corrosion. For Lg&e And Ku, The Courier-Journal, "From underground to warming homes and businesses all around," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce compressor (audio) \

Kids Definition of compressor

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


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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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