[verb kuhm-pres; noun kom-pres]
- 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
Synonyms for compress
1. See contract.
Antonyms for compress
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- (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 for compress
C14: from Late Latin compressāre, from Latin comprimere, from premere to press
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1590s in the surgical sense, from compress (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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