Compress Definition

kəm-prĕs
compressed, compresses, compressing
verb
compressed, compresses, compressing
To press together.
Compressed her lips.
American Heritage
To press together; make more compact by or as by pressure.
Webster's New World
To encode (digital data) so that it can be stored or transmitted in significantly fewer bits.
Webster's New World
To press together.
American Heritage Medicine

(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.
Wiktionary
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noun
compresses
A pad of folded cloth, sometimes medicated or moistened, for applying pressure, heat, cold, etc. to some part of the body.
Webster's New World
A machine for compressing cotton bales.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Compress

Noun

Singular:
compress
Plural:
compresses

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

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