American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Air under greater than atmospheric pressure, especially when used to power a mechanical device or to provide a portable supply of oxygen.
- n. Air which has been reduced in volume and increased in pressure; it is used to power machinery etc
- n. air at a pressure greater than that of the atmosphere
“HUFFER: yellow gear located on the flight deck that generates compressed air to start jet engines.”
“Potable and firefighting lines, electrical junction boxes and compressed air lines and steam lines, all meticulously labeled, surrounded him.”
“Smoke began to stir and eddy in the corners of the control room as the diesel sucked the fumes aft, and more smoke-laden air, a shade lighter in color, began to move in from the wardroom passageway, pulled in by the decreasing pressure in the control room, pushed in by the gradual buildup of fresh air in the fore part of the submarine as compressed air was bled into the living spaces.”
“A turret reported they were going on to 'local' firing, the range receiver unit stopped working, and then the compressed air working the Fire Control Table failed.”
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