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compaction

[ kuhm-pak-shuhn, kom- ]
/ kəmˈpæk ʃən, kɒm- /
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noun

the act of compacting or the state of being compacted.
Geology. the consolidation of sediments resulting from the weight of overlying deposits.

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Origin of compaction

1350–1400; Middle English compaccioun<Latin compāctiōn- (stem of compāctiō) a joining, frame, equivalent to compāct(us) compact1 + -iōn--ion
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Scientific definitions for compaction

compaction
[ kəm-păkshən ]

The process by which the porosity of a given form of sediment is decreased as a result of its mineral grains being squeezed together by the weight of overlying sediment or by mechanical means.
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