[ verb kuhm-pres; noun kom-pres ]
/ verb kəmˈprɛs; noun ˈkɒm prɛs /
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.
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.
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Origin of compress
synonym study for compress
1. See contract.
OTHER WORDS FROM compress
com·press·i·ble, adjectivecom·press·i·bly, adverbcom·press·ing·ly, adverbnon·com·pres·si·ble, adjective
o·ver·com·press, verb (used with object)pre·com·press, verb (used with object)un·com·press·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-compressible
(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
Derived forms of compresscompressible, adjectivecompressibleness, nouncompressibly, adverb
Word Origin for compress
C14: from Late Latin compressāre, from Latin comprimere, from premere to press
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Medical definitions for non-compressible
[ kŏm′prĕs′ ]
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.
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