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1    any reciprocating or rotating device that compresses a gas  
2    the part of a gas turbine that compresses the air before it enters the combustion chambers  
3    any muscle that causes compression of any part or structure  
4    a medical instrument for holding down a part of the body  
5    an electronic device for reducing the variation in signal amplitude in a transmission system  
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axial-flow compressor  
      n   a device for compressing a gas by accelerating it tangentially by means of bladed rotors, to increase its kinetic energy, and then diffusing it through static vanes (stators), to increase its pressure  
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