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compressed air

noun

  1. air compressed, especially by mechanical means, to a pressure higher than the surrounding atmospheric pressure.


compressed air

noun

  1. air at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure: used esp as a source of power for machines


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Word History and Origins

Origin of compressed air1

First recorded in 1660–70
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Example Sentences

It involved inserting melted plastic into a mold and pumping compressed air into it, creating an air-filled bubble inside.

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Two zones of compressed air make sure temps don’t fluctuate, which keeps your collection safe, even if you’re storing for a long time.

If you’re worried about grime trapped between your keys, you can use a can of compressed air to push dust out of difficult areas.

OSIRIS-REx came up with a pogo stick-like “touch and go” collection system that brought the spacecraft down for a few-second hop off Bennu and used compressed air to waft small rubble into the collection container.

Hot compressed air “bled” from the engines goes through these packs to cool it before it flows on into the cabin.

A white burst of compressed air shoots out and knocks him down.

Whether the drills are worked by compressed air, or by hand in the old-fashioned way, the effect is the same.

I got a can of compressed air and blew out the dust that the fan had sucked in and looked things over.

Torpedoes are discharged from what are called “torpedo tubes” by means of compressed air.

If you use compressed air, be sure the pressure is not high as it may damage wiring inside the motor.

A stuffing box is also used on a pump piston sometimes, or a compressed air piston.

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