- pressed together; made more compact by pressure
- Bot. flattened lengthwise, as the stalk of an aspen leaf
- Zool. flattened into a thin, convex, streamlined shape, as the body of the flounder or other flatfish
- Pressed together or into less volume or space.
- Biology Flattened, especially laterally or lengthwise, as certain leafstalks or the bodies of many fishes.
(comparative more compressed, superlative most compressed)
- simple past tense and past participle of compress
- Compressed air is now driven down the 1-in.
- Her eyes were dry and glistening, her lips compressed, her cheeks sunken.
- Fleas are wingless insects, with a laterally compressed body, small and indistinctly separated head, and short thick antennae situated in cavities somewhat behind and above the simple eyes, which are always minute and sometimes absent.
- Premolars compressed, pointed; and the molars with quadrate tuberculated crowns.
- When compressed it is also used largely as a refrigerating agent, and in virtue of its property of neither burning nor supporting combustion it is also used as a fire extinctor.