Compact Definition

kəm-păkt, kŏm-, kŏmpăkt
compacted, compacting, compacts, compacter, compactest
adjective
compacter, compactest
Closely and firmly packed or put together; dense; solid.
Webster's New World
Taking little space; arranged neatly in a small space.
Webster's New World
Brief and to the point; concise.
A compact narration.
American Heritage
Not diffuse or wordy; terse.
Webster's New World
Marked by or having a short solid physique.
A wrestler of compact build.
American Heritage
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verb
compacted, compacting, compacts
To pack or join firmly together.
Webster's New World
To make by joining or putting together.
Webster's New World
To consolidate; combine.
American Heritage
To make more dense; compress; condense.
Webster's New World
To be capable of being pressed tightly together or to become so pressed.
Garbage that compacts easily.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
enlargethinslackenloosenuncondense
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noun
compacts
A small cosmetic case, usually containing face powder and mirror.
Webster's New World
A compact automobile.
Webster's New World
An agreement between two or more individuals, states, etc.; covenant.
Webster's New World
An agreement between two or more parties, especially between states or a treaty between countries.
Webster's New World Law

A broadsheet newspaper published in the size of a tabloid but keeping its non-sensational style.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
concordatcovenantcompact-carpowder compactpinched-inagreementtreatypactcontractcompendiumalliancepowder and rouge boxpowder casemakeup casevanity
Antonyms:
disagreement
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Other Word Forms of Compact

Noun

Singular:
compact
Plural:
compacts

Adjective

Base Form:
compact
Comparative:
compacter
Superlative:
compactest

Origin of Compact

  • From Middle French, from Latin compāctus, perfect passive participle of compingō (“join together”), from com- (“together”) + pangō (“fasten”), from Proto-Indo-European *pag- (“to fasten”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin compāctus past participle of compingere to put together com- com- pangere to fasten pag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin compactum neuter past participle of compacīscī to make an agreement com- com- pacīscī to agree pact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin compactum (“agreement”).

    From Wiktionary

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