a. A machine, steam or electrically driven, for compressing air for power purposes. Small air compressors may be compound steam and double-stage air. Large compressors may be triple-expansion steam and three-stage air and are always used with condensers. Nelson
b. Any kind of reciprocating, rotary, or centrifugal pump for raising the pressure of a gas. CTD
c. A machine that compresses air. Nichols, 1
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