(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'
- A multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc., used to apply to a patient's skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.
- He held a cold compress over the sprain.
- A machine for compressing
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'