#2
there almost like the reverse of each other.
noise gate cuts out lower volume like sting noise.
compressor stops clipping from sound being too loud.

thats a quick simple answer unless someone wants to elaborate
#3
a compressor compresses ur tone and noise gate gets rid of the hum produced by single coils or when using tons of gain...
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#5
A Noise gate removes noise, unwanted hum, feedback etc

A compressor squashs the guitar sound to make all the notes sound even, eg the volume level of strumming and picking can be made sound even rather than one being loud and the other not so loud.
#7
To basically say what others have said in a different way:

A compressor takes your signal and, by way of compression, "normalizes" the signal in to a uniform wave, which levels out the dynamics, making lower volumes and higher volumes more close to the same level, depending upon the level of compression.

A noise gate is exactly that, a "gate" for the noise. It takes in the signal, and is set for a certain threshold. If the signal is not above that threshold, the gate stays closed. If it's above, the gate opens, and the signal goes through. This has the effect of "shutting in" any low level noise, like hum.

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#8
Quote by holycow
a compressor compresses ur tone and noise gate gets rid of the hum produced by single coils or when using tons of gain...

Holy cow, you're wrong. Kinda close, but still wrong.

Sorry, I couldn't help but make a pun about your user name.
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