from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which compresses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a mechanical device that compresses gasses


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