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# compressibility

[kuh m-pres-uh-bil-i-tee] /kəmˌprɛs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural compressibilities for 2.
1.
the quality or state of being compressible.
2.
Physics. the reciprocal of the bulk modulus, equal to the ratio of the fractional change in volume to the stress applied to a body.
Origin of compressibility
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; compressible + -ity
Related forms
noncompressibility, noun
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Examples from the Web for compressibility
Historical Examples
• And so for years we went from "A" to "compressibility" on "horseback."

• Evidence of compressibility of gases and incompressibility of liquids.

Willis Eugene Tower
• compressibility and elasticity are evident properties of air.

• The same is true of the argument drawn from the compressibility of gases.

Henry Smith Williams
• compressibility and Expansibility, sometimes mentioned as "properties," are but results of Porosity.

William Walker Atkinson
• There is, however, a clear limit to compressibility, as there is to divisibility of matter.

Henry Calderwood
• Piezometer, pī-e-zom′e-tėr, n. an instrument for measuring the compressibility of liquids.

• The quantity that is usually tabulated is the reciprocal of k, and it is called the coefficient of compressibility.

• For water the coefficient of compressibility, or the compression per atmosphere, is about 4.5 10-5.

• Resistance to change of extensity: compressibility, porosity, adhesion, cohesion.

David Allen Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for compressibility

## compressibility

/kəmˌprɛsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the ability to be compressed
2.
(physics) the reciprocal of the bulk modulus; the ratio of volume strain to stress at constant temperature k
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