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compressed air

air compressed, especially by mechanical means, to a pressure higher than the surrounding atmospheric pressure.
Origin of compressed air
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Others have tried to inject compressed air into the stream.
  • Thin air is not nearly as rich in oxygen as the dense, more heavily compressed air found at sea level.
  • Apart from a hydraulic lift and a plentiful supply of compressed air, your correspondent's humble workshop has nothing to compare.
  • compressed air he's not so enthusiastic about in this scenario.
  • compressed air energy storage is quite inefficient because of losses during compression and expansion.
  • The first set of blast waves, a moving wall of highly compressed air that emanates from an explosion, knocked him out briefly.
  • Or one of those compressed air cars that perform so surprisingly well for the price.
  • Many hydro plants might also be pumped storage facilities at better efficiency than can be expected from compressed air storage.
  • compressed air is another, less common form of large-scale energy storage.
  • Its rim, moving faster than sound, forms a cutting edge of compressed air much sharper than a razor.
British Dictionary definitions for compressed air

compressed air

air at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure: used esp as a source of power for machines
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