- 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 compressible
They were tiny, but her hand was plump and white and might be compressible.Marion's Faith.
The heart, at first rapid and full, becomes weak and compressible.
With immensities of gloomy vanity, not compressible at all times.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)
Piles are used as foundations in compressible or loose soil.
Because water is not compressible, like air; it must therefore escape before the handle can be pressed in.The Reason Why
- (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 compressible
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.