from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The pressure that one component of a mixture of gases would exert if it were alone in a container.
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- n. (chemistry) The pressure one component of a mixture of gases would contribute to the total pressure.
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During that summer, as Armstrong took flight training at Pensacola, a V-2 rocket carried a live monkey to an altitude of eighty-three miles the monkey survived but died on impact; the American military made its first operational use of a partial pressure suit during a piloted flight to 70,000 feet; and the first U.S. pilot ever to use an ejection seat escaped his jet-powered F2H-1 Banshee while speeding over coastal South Carolina at 500 knots.