- pressed into less space; condensed: compressed gases.
- pressed together: compressed lips.
- flattened by or as if by pressure: compressed wallboard.
- Zoology, Botany. flattened laterally.
Origin of compressed
- to press together; force into less space.
- to cause to become a solid mass: to compress cotton into bales.
- to condense, shorten, or abbreviate: The book was compressed by 50 pages.
- Computers. to reduce the storage space required for (data) by changing its format: The algorithm should compress the video file without losing any quality.
- Medicine/Medical. a soft, cloth pad held in place by a bandage and used to provide pressure or to supply moisture, cold, heat, or medication.
- an apparatus for compressing cotton bales.
- a warehouse for storing cotton bales before shipment.
Origin of compress
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Examples from the Web for compressed
His own, personal neck and chest were compressed by five other men until 43 years of life and spirit seeped away.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
This continues until an impossibly huge amount of ice cream is compressed into the pint.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
A high end audio system from 50 years ago sounds better than your degraded, compressed product.25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get)
June 30, 2014
The larger worlds—Jupiter and the other giants—are massive, made of compressed gas, and possess no surface to speak of.Mega-Earth Is the Weirdest Exoplanet Yet
Matthew R. Francis
June 8, 2014
That means they are composed of compressed gasses, with no solid surface.Could ‘Star Wars’ Be Right About Habitable Moons?
Matthew R. Francis
May 4, 2014
In 1772 Horace Walpole compressed the glories of the place into a few sentences. 'Yorkshire Painted And Described
And a package of compressed vegetables and a few bay leaves.Culture and Cooking
When he had departed, my heart was compressed with terrible grief.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He compressed his lips and shrugged his shoulders, resignedly.The Education of Eric Lane
The stem is compressed and villous, often channelled, nearly erect.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- squeezed together or condensed
- (of the form of flatfishes, certain plant parts, etc) flattened laterally along the whole length
- (tr) to squeeze together or compact into less space; condense
- computing to apply a compression program to (electronic data) so that it takes up less space
- a wet or dry cloth or gauze pad with or without medication, applied firmly to some part of the body to relieve discomfort, reduce fever, drain a wound, etc
- a machine for packing material, esp cotton, under pressure
Word Origin and History for compressed
1590s in the surgical sense, from compress (v.).
- A soft pad of gauze or other material applied with pressure to a part of the body to control hemorrhage or to supply heat, cold, moisture, or medication to alleviate pain or reduce infection.
- To press or squeeze together.