Meaning of COMPRESSOR in English


/keuhm pres"euhr/ , n.

1. a person or thing that compresses.

2. Anat. a muscle that compresses some part of the body.

3. Surg. an instrument for compressing a part of the body.

4. a pump or other machine for reducing volume and increasing pressure of gases in order to condense the gases, drive pneumatically powered machinery, etc.

5. Electronics. a transducer that produces an output with a range of voltages whose ratio is smaller than that of the range of the input signal. Cf. expander (def. 2).

[ 1745-55; COMPRESS + -OR 2 ]

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