Definition of compressor in English:



  • 1An instrument or device for compressing something.

    • ‘And I'm sure my compressor will lock up with sludge soon.’
    • ‘Your order for 1200 Genome Intensity Emitter vents and 1500 DNA compressors have been received and are being manufactured.’
    • ‘There is a little bit of outboard EQ and very few compressors in the monitor system.’
    • ‘The only real light was from the red and blue lights above my head and the green light from the compressors.’
    • ‘Packing compressors are zip bags that hold clothes.’
    • ‘Then I found the As Seen on TV Aisle and used the vacuum sealer and the food compressor to store as much fresh food as I could.’
    1. 1.1A machine used to supply air or other gas at increased pressure, e.g. to power a gas turbine.
      • ‘Use the on-board air compressor to blast the dirt out of the cockpit.’
      • ‘You could use an air compressor with a spray attachment or the traditional brush method.’
      • ‘The cooler includes a variable displacement compressor for compressing refrigerant gas.’
      • ‘A variable displacement compressor includes a gas passage for connecting a discharge chamber with a crank chamber.’
      • ‘There are cases when motorcycle shock systems are attached to an on-board compressor.’
      • ‘The on-board compressor then pumps the final pressures as a small inflatable ferries the divers back and forth.’
      • ‘Since starting production in 1996, the factory has now produced over three million scroll compressors.’
      • ‘The cooling system of a household refrigerator consists of a compressor, a metering device and two heat exchange coils, one each on the outside and inside of the refrigerator.’
      • ‘The list of products on display also included plastics and packaging equipment, analytical instruments, air compressors, radiators and industrial bellows.’
      • ‘Some of these systems contain hundreds of control loops to control compressors, fans, pumps and dampers, and each acts as though the others didn't exist.’
      • ‘These include high-intensity discharge lights, compressors in refrigerated drinking fountains, ballasts in fluorescent lights and transformers in exit signs.’
      • ‘The finish can be applied with either a brush or an air compressor and spray gun.’
      • ‘If the energy is transferred to the fluid, thereby increasing its pressure, the devices are called pumps, fans, or compressors.’
      • ‘This procedure, known as ‘aeration,’ requires some specialized equipment including automatic compressors, storage tanks, and mixers.’
      • ‘They even carry bulky AC compressors or long plumbing pipes on these two-wheelers, as they weave in and out of your lane.’
      • ‘He was further prosecuted for failing to have in his possession a certificate to show the air received through a compressor had been thoroughly cleaned and examined at least every 26 months.’
      • ‘Check refrigerant because engine-driven compressors may have dried or leaked during an extended shutdown period.’
      • ‘Marc, get the air hammers plugged into the compressor and hand out ear plugs to everyone.’
      • ‘I had some tools but needed to buy an air compressor and used table saw.’
      • ‘An air compressor with a nail gun will come in handy for nailing large flat areas like this.’
    2. 1.2An electrical device which reduces the dynamic range of a sound signal.
      • ‘Keep in mind that what a compressor does is reduce the dynamic range of your recording - it makes the loudest parts quieter, and the quieter parts louder.’
      • ‘Kennedy and Earle also favored a Beatles-esque technique on some of their drum tracks, using Universal Audio 1176 compressors to emulate the sound the '60s group achieved with Fairchild limiters.’
      • ‘For dynamics, Wadi relies on dbx 160X and 900 compressors.’
      • ‘His solution is to patch the compressor into the signal path after the fader.’
      • ‘Carim Clasmann's musical youth was spent in German recording studios learning the alchemical business of faders, compressors and microphones.’
      • ‘I don't buy into the whole idea that expensive tube compressors make the band sound better.’
      • ‘Ravitch's effects rack included two dbx 160 Series compressors for Stipe's vocals: one on his Shure Beta 58A microphone and another for his wireless setup.’
      • ‘He inserts dbx 160SL compressors on the vocals and bass inputs, and assigns Drawmer gates for the drums, though these are all used sparingly.’
      • ‘Monaghan's outboard gear comprises BSS FCS - 960 EQs and a selection of dbx compressors.’
      • ‘He keeps a number of the more dynamic elements under control with a complement of Drawmer gates and dbx 160 compressors.’
      • ‘From the top of the balcony, Howard manned the Ryman's 40-input Soundcraft Europa and an effects rack equipped with Yamaha and Lexicon processors and an assortment of dbx compressors, among other items.’
      • ‘I have a couple of United Audio 175 tube compressors.’
      • ‘Thud is like a multiband compressor that tracks the input signal and dynamically boosts a band of frequencies from 100 Hz to 350 Hz.’
      • ‘Every audio channel has a compressor or expander, followed by a noise gate.’
      • ‘So my simple synth line is now crammed with compressors, flangers and distortion modules, all without it sounding the way I want it to.’
      • ‘My only request would be to add an insert path and an in/out switch in the master fader section to use a stereo compressor and/or EQ.’
      • ‘Also at FOH are dbx 160 and 160XT compressor/limiters and a 166XL compressor / limiter/gate.’
      • ‘Just because you have a fancy compressor doesn't mean you have to make the snare sound like a plank of wood slapping an old suitcase.’
      • ‘Pressing the Set button determines the flexibility of the signal processing, such as placing the compressor before the EQ or splitting their functions.’
      • ‘This mastering process uses tools such as compressors, equalizers and limiters to reduce frequency and amplitude imbalances between tracks.’