[ kuh m-pres-uh-bil-i-tee ]
/ kəmˌprɛs əˈbɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural com·press·i·bil·i·ties for 2.

the quality or state of being compressible.
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

First recorded in 1685–95; compressible + -ity

Related forms

non·com·pres·si·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compressibility


/ (kəmˌprɛsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ) /


the ability to be compressed
physics the reciprocal of the bulk modulus; the ratio of volume strain to stress at constant temperatureSymbol: k
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