verb (used with object)
- comp time,
- comp. gen.,
- compact bone,
- compact camera,
- compact disc,
- compact disc erasable,
- compact disc player
Origin of compact1
Origin of compact2
Examples from the Web for compact
Films are at their best when they can compact a story down to its essentials.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The next thing that happened, which was really great, was that the tapes became available on compact discs.
It will swiftly become clear that there is no room in this starry-eyed arrangement for a compact with Washington.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?|Tunku Varadarajan|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of note is a compact power adaptor with a protective cover.
Compact and precise—just 172 pages of text and 23 pages of notes—the book is a model of lucid historical writing.
The speculation failed, and your father basely withdrew from the compact, persuading the other brother to follow his lead.The Stowmarket Mystery|Louis Tracy
It was not a long confession, but it was compact and telling.The Grey Cloak|Harold MacGrath
Each belt represented a compact, the conditions of which were retained in memory by the chiefs and warriors of the tribe.Legends of The Kaw|Carrie de Voe
The boulders of Erreré are entirely distinct from the rock of the Serra, and consist of masses of compact hornblende.
The streets are narrow, and the whole village as compact as if built to sustain a siege.
adjective (kəmˈpækt, ˈkɒmpækt)
verb (kəmˈpækt) (tr)
Word Origin for compact
Word Origin for compact
late 14c., from Middle French compact (14c.) or directly from Latin compactus "concentrated," past participle of compingere "to fasten together, construct," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + pangere "to fix, fasten" (see pact). Compact car is 1960. Compact disc is from 1979.
"agreement," 1590s, from Latin compactum "agreement," noun use of neuter past participle of compacisci "come to agreement," from com- "together" (see com-) + pacisci "to covenant, contract" (see pact).
early 15c., from Latin compactus, past participle of compingere "to fasten together" (see compact (adj.)). Related: Compacted; compacting.
"make-up case," 1921, from compact (adj.), based on its containing compacted face powder.