from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for removing liquids or gases by suction, especially an instrument that uses suction to remove substances, such as mucus or serum, from a body cavity.
- n. A suction pump used to create a partial vacuum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pump which draws gas through a liquid.
- n. A pump for removing gases or liquids.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus for passing air or gases through or over certain liquids or solids, or for exhausting a closed vessel, by means of suction.
- n. An instrument for the evacuation of the fluid contents of tumors or collections of blood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus for creating a vacuum by the action of a moving fluid.
- n. A surgical instrument, consisting of a hollow needle, or trocar, connected with a suction-syringe, used in removing fluids from the cavities of the body.
- n. A form of winnowing-machine employing aspiration instead of a blast. See aspiration, 6.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
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