compact[kəm pakt′, käm′pakt′; for n., always käm′pakt′]
- The definition of compact is a person or thing that takes up a small amount of space.
- An example of compact is the car called a "Mini Cooper."
- An example of compact is a pocket-sized camera.
- A compact is defined as a small automobile, or a small cosmetic case that holds powder, an applicator and a mirror.
- An example of a compact is a Ford Focus.
- An example of a compact is a small, portable make-up case that holds face powder, a brush and a mirror.
- Compact means to pack or press firmly together.
An example of compact is making garbage or trash smaller by compressing it into a smaller mass.
A compact camera.
- closely and firmly packed or put together; dense; solid
- taking little space; arranged neatly in a small space
- not diffuse or wordy; terse
- Archaic made up or composed (of)
- ☆ designating or of a relatively small, light, economical model of automobile
Origin of compactMiddle English ; from Classical Latin compactus, concentrated, past participle of compingere, to fasten together ; from com-, with, together + pangere, to fix, fasten: see peace
- to pack or join firmly together
- to make by joining or putting together
- to make more dense; compress; condense
Origin of compact< compactthe , a small cosmetic case, usually containing face powder and mirror
- ☆ a compact automobile
Origin of compact< L pp. of compacisci, to agree together < same base as compingere an agreement between two or more individuals, states, etc.; covenant
- Closely and firmly united or packed together; dense: compact clusters of flowers.
- Occupying little space compared with others of its type: a compact camera; a compact car.
- Brief and to the point; concise: a compact narration.
- Marked by or having a short solid physique: a wrestler of compact build.
verbcom·pact·ed, com·pact·ing, com·pacts
- To press or join firmly together: a kitchen device that compacted the trash.
- a. To make by pressing or joining together; compose.b. To consolidate; combine.
- A small case containing a mirror, pressed powder, and a powder puff.
- An automobile that is bigger in size than a subcompact but smaller than an intermediate.
Origin of compactMiddle English, from Latin compāctus, past participle of compingere, to put together : com-, com- + pangere, to fasten; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of compactLatin compactum, neuter past participle of compacīscī, to make an agreement : com-, com- + pacīscī, to agree; see pact.
- An agreement or contract.
(comparative more compact, superlative most compact)
- Closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space.
- Having all necessary features fitting neatly into a small space.
- a compact laptop computer
- (mathematics, not comparable, of a set in an Euclidean space) Closed and bounded.
- A set S of real numbers is called compact if every sequence in S has a subsequence that converges to an element again contained in S.
- (topology, not comparable, of a set) Such that every open cover of the given set has a finite subcover.
- Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose.
- a compact discourse
- a pipe of seven reeds, compact with wax together
(third-person singular simple present compacts, present participle compacting, simple past and past participle compacted)
- To make more dense; to compress.
- To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.
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