Compress meaning

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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.

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To press together.

Compressed her lips.

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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.

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To make more compact by or as if by pressing.
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(computers) To encode (data) to minimize the space required for storage or transmittal.

Compressed the file so that it could be downloaded more quickly.

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(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.
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A machine for compressing material.
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To press together; make more compact by or as by pressure.
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To encode (digital data) so that it can be stored or transmitted in significantly fewer bits.
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A pad of folded cloth, sometimes medicated or moistened, for applying pressure, heat, cold, etc. to some part of the body.
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A machine for compressing cotton bales.
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To press together.
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To make more compact by or as if by pressing.
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(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.
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(1) To compact data to save space. See data compression and archive program.
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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.

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(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.

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To condense into a more economic, easier format.

This chart compresses the entire audit report into a few lines on a single diagram.

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If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.

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(technology) To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.
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​ 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.

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A machine for compressing.
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Origin of compress

  • Middle English compressen from Old French compresser from Late Latin compressāre frequentative of Latin comprimere com- com- premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

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

  • 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'

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 Wiktionary