compressed air

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noun

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

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Origin of compressed air

First recorded in 1660–70

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compressed air

noun

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