- 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 compress
Injuries within the chest cavity may not be readily visible to medics, and are difficult to compress, King said.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution
April 2, 2014
It also agreed to buy industrial equipment used to compress the gas for the pipelines from a company owned by Chesapeake.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
Was it tough to compress a 700-page book into a two-hour movie?True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted
February 26, 2014
But we did have to compress time, and we did have to composite some of the characters.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman
February 7, 2014
In the chapter entitled “New Lands: America and the American Voice” Sutherland tries to compress 400 years into his six pages.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
Compress and relax the skin repeatedly while immersed in both these baths.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
They can but compress it within moderate and tolerable limits.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
I do not know how people manage to compress themselves into stones like that.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
The assistant is to follow the knife with his finger and compress the vessels.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
A waistcoat made so tight as slightly to compress the bowels and stomach.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- (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 compress
late 14c., "to press (something) together," from Old French compresser "compress, put under pressure," from Latin compressare "to press together," frequentative of comprimere "to squeeze," from com- "together" (see com-) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). Related: Compressed; compressing.
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.