from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that compresses, especially:
  • n. Mechanics A pump or other machine that increases the pressure of a gas.
  • n. Medicine An instrument or device that compresses, such as a forceps or clamp.
  • n. Anatomy A muscle that causes compression of a body part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device that produces pressure, such as a gas compressor that produces pressurized gas.
  • n. A device that squeezes (compresses).
  • n. A device that reduces the dynamic range of an audio signal.
  • n. A muscle that compresses certain parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A muscle that compresses certain parts.
  • n. An instrument for compressing an artery (esp., the femoral artery) or other part.
  • n. An apparatus for confining or flattening between glass plates an object to be examined with the microscope; -- called also compressorium.
  • n. A machine for compressing gases; especially, an air compressor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which compresses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mechanical device that compresses gasses


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