compress[kəm pres′; for n. käm′pres′]
- The definition of a compress is a thick piece of cotton or other material applied with pressure to a wound to stop the bleeding, or used to apply moisture, heat, cold or medication.
An example of a compress is an ice wrap used to reduce swelling.
- Compress means to press together, or to make something more compact.
An example of compress is pressing old cardboard boxes together so that they take up less space.
A compress placed on an injured ankle.
Origin of compressMiddle English compressen ; from Old French compresser ; from Late Latin compressare ; from Classical Latin compressus, past participle of comprimere, to squeeze ; from com-, together + premere, to press
- a pad of folded cloth, sometimes medicated or moistened, for applying pressure, heat, cold, etc. to some part of the body
- ☆ a machine for compressing cotton bales
transitive verbcom·pressed, com·press·ing, com·press·es
- To press together: compressed her lips.
- To make more compact by or as if by pressing.
- Computers To encode (data) to minimize the space required for storage or transmittal: compressed the file so that it could be downloaded more quickly.
- Medicine 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.
- A machine for compressing material.
Origin of compressMiddle English compressen, from Old French compresser, from Late Latin compressāre, frequentative of Latin comprimere : com-, com- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compresses, present participle compressing, simple past and past participle compressed)
- To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.
- The force required to compress a spring varies linearly with the displacement.
- (intransitive) To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format.
- Our new model compresses easily, ideal for storage and travel
- To condense into a more economic, easier format.
- This chart compresses the entire audit report into a few lines on a single diagram.
- To abridge.
- If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.
- (technology) To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.
compress - Computer Definition
(2) A Unix utility used to compress files. This is the perfect example of poor technical naming. When a common name is used to name a function, it becomes tedious to document the process. For example, "use gzip to compress the file instead of compress because..." See archive formats, tar, gzip and data compression.