- a person or thing that compresses.
- Anatomy. a muscle that compresses some part of the body.
- Surgery. an instrument for compressing a part of the body.
- a pump or other machine for reducing volume and increasing pressure of gases in order to condense the gases, drive pneumatically powered machinery, etc.
- Electronics. a transducer that produces an output with a range of voltages whose ratio is smaller than that of the range of the input signal.Compare expander(def 2).
Origin of compressor
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The scientists joined him and Scotty at the shed where the compressor had been stored.
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Oil in a compressor was blown into fine particles, too small to be seen.
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- any reciprocating or rotating device that compresses a gas
- the part of a gas turbine that compresses the air before it enters the combustion chambers
- any muscle that causes compression of any part or structure
- a medical instrument for holding down a part of the body
- an electronic device for reducing the variation in signal amplitude in a transmission systemCompare expander, compander
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Word Origin and History for compressor
1839, from Latin compressor, agent noun from comprimere (see compress (v.)). As a type of surgical instrument, from 1870. As short for air compressor, from 1874.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A muscle that causes compression of a structure upon contraction.
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