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Definition of "compactor" [compactor]

  • An apparatus that compresses refuse into relatively small packs for handy disposal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compactor" in a sentence
  • "According to Kevin Derrick, the city's sanitation director, a used compactor, which is comparable to a bulldozer, would cost roughly an additional $300,000."
  • "Compare this to the tension of the garbage compactor in Star Wars, where you had a Jaws-like underwater menace and the slow creep of certain death in those moving walls."
  • "Inspired by the famous garbage compactor scene from Episode IV: A New Hope, these limited-edition hand-painted bookends flip that classic movie moment inside-out."