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compact

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adjective com·pact \kəm-ˈpakt, käm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Simple Definition of compact

  • : smaller than other things of the same kind

  • : using little space and having parts that are close together

  • : closely or firmly packed or joined together

Full Definition of compact

  1. 1 :  predominantly formed or filled :  composed, made

  2. 2 a :  having a dense structure or parts or units closely packed or joined <a compact woolen> <compact bone> b :  not diffuse or verbose <a compact statement> c :  occupying a small volume by reason of efficient use of space <a compact camera> <a compact formation of troops> d :  short-bodied, solid, and without excess flesh

  3. 3 :  being a topological space and especially a metric space with the property that for any collection of open sets which contains it there is a subset of the collection with a finite number of elements which also contains it

com·pact·ly play \-ˈpak(t)-lē, -ˌpak(t)-\ adverb
com·pact·ness play \-ˈpak(t)-nəs, -ˌpak(t)-\ noun

Examples of compact

  1. The drill has a compact design.

  2. the apartment's compact floor plan

  3. The cabin was compact but perfectly adequate.

  4. He is compact and muscular.

  5. He has a compact body.



Origin of compact

Middle English, firmly put together, from Latin compactus, from past participle of compingere to put together, from com- + pangere to fasten — more at pact


First Known Use: 14th century


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compact

verb com·pact

Simple Definition of compact

  • : to press (something) so that it is harder and fills less space

Full Definition of compact

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make up by connecting or combining :  compose

  3. 2 a :  to knit or draw together :  combine b :  to press together :  compress

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become compacted

com·pact·ible play \-ˈpak-tə-bəl, -ˌpak-\ adjective
com·pac·tor also com·pact·er play \-ˈpak-tər, -ˌpak-\ noun

Examples of compact

  1. The snow had compacted into a hard icy layer.

  2. <the media giant decided to compact all of its far-flung operations onto a single site>



15th Century

First Known Use of compact

15th century


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compact

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noun com·pact \ˈkäm-ˌpakt\

Definition of compact

  1. :  something that is compact or compacted: a :  a small cosmetic case (as for compressed powder) b :  an automobile smaller than an intermediate but larger than a subcompact



1601

First Known Use of compact

1601


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compact

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noun com·pact \ˈkäm-ˌpakt\

Definition of compact

  1. :  an agreement or covenant between two or more parties



Origin of compact

Latin compactum, from neuter of compactus, past participle of compacisci to make an agreement, from com- + pacisci to contract — more at pact


First Known Use: 1591


Medical Dictionary

compact

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adjective com·pact \kəm-ˈpakt, käm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Medical Definition of compact

  1. :  having a dense structure without small cavities or cells <compact bone>—compare cancellous



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