verb (used with object)
- comprehensive school,
- compressed air,
- compressed speech,
Origin of compress
Examples from the Web for compressible
A very frequent pulse is nearly always feeble and compressible.
The pulse is feeble and compressible; the temperature seldom more than one or two degrees above the normal standard.
About mid-day the pulse has come down to 80; and though feeble and compressible is a very respectable pulse.Notes on Nursing|Florence Nightingale
Every stick of wood, every compressible part of her structure and of her cargo, must have been staved in or flattened.Inventions of the Great War|A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The heart, at first rapid and full, becomes weak and compressible.
Word Origin 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.).