compress[kəm pres′; for n. käm′pres′]
A compress placed on an injured ankle.
- 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.
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.
From Old French compresser, from Late Latin compressare 'to press hard/together', from compressus, the past participle of comprimere 'to compress', itself from com- 'together' + premere 'to press'
From Middle French compresse, from compresser 'to compress', from Late Latin compressare 'to press hard/together', from compressus, the past participle of comprimere 'to compress', itself from com- 'together' + premere 'to press'
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.