compress

[ verb kuhm-pres; noun kom-pres ]
/ verb kəmˈprɛs; noun ˈkɒm prɛs /
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verb (used with object)

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. comprehensible,
  2. comprehension,
  3. comprehensive,
  4. comprehensive school,
  5. comprehensively,
  6. compressed,
  7. compressed air,
  8. compressed speech,
  9. compressibility,
  10. compression

Origin of compress

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English (< Middle French compresser) < Late Latin compressāre, frequentative of Latin comprimere to squeeze together (see com-, press1); (noun) < Middle French compresse, noun derivative of the v.

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Related forms

Synonym study

1. See contract.

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British Dictionary definitions for compressible

compress

verb (kəmˈprɛs)

(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

noun (ˈkɒmprɛs)

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
Derived Formscompressible, adjectivecompressibleness, nouncompressibly, adverb

Word Origin for compress

C14: from Late Latin compressāre, from Latin comprimere, from premere to press

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Word Origin and History for compressible
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Medicine definitions for compressible

compress

[ kŏmprĕs′ ]

n.

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.

v.

To press or squeeze together.

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