- 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
- (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 non-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.