Automotive. a procedure for measuring the compression within an engine to identify certain mechanical defects, such as worn piston rings.
a tree or stand of timber that has been blown down by the wind.
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an accident in a nuclear reactor in which a cooling pipe bursts causing the loss of essential coolant


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