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  • noun Alternative spelling of air pump.


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  • Distillation, and the wonderful effects of steam, processes of which my favourite authors were utterly ignorant, excited my astonishment; but my utmost wonder was engaged by some experiments on an air-pump, which I saw employed by a gentleman whom we were in the habit of visiting.

    Chapter 1

  • Bud gasped as the air-pump man lifted off his helmet a few minutes later.

    Golden State

  • Antila (the air pump) I thought was Otto von Guericke's air-pump (the Magdeburg hemispheres guy).

    Universe Puzzle No. 6 | Universe Today

  • However, after a quick search mostly to find out how to spell 'Guericke' I find it is now supposed to be Robert Hooke's air-pump.

    Universe Puzzle No. 6 | Universe Today

  • The Emperor Augustus remained unmoved and imperial with an air-pump thrust into one eye.

    The Magic Skin

  • The engine itself, being a high-pressure one, and consequently without the incumbrances of condenser and air-pump, occupied much less room than one of ours in a ship of the same tonnage.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • An enclosure for the engine occupies the centre, but is very small, as the machinery of a, high-pressure engine is without the encumbrances of condenser and air-pump.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • As no air-pump can by any means make a perfect vacuum, so neither can any artist entirely exclude the conventional, the local, the perishable from his book, or write a book of pure thought, that shall be as efficient, in all respects, to a remote posterity, as to cotemporaries, or rather to the second age.

    The American Scholar

  • I was two miles away, a hundred leaps or more, and the air about me was thinning out as it thins under an air-pump, and the cold was gripping at my joints.

    First Men in the Moon

  • That they inhere not in the sonorous bodies is plain from hence: because a bell struck in the exhausted receiver of an air-pump sends forth no sound.

    Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous


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