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compression

noun com·pres·sion \kəm-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of COMPRESSION

1
a :  the act, process, or result of compressing
b :  the state of being compressed
2
:  the process of compressing the fuel mixture in a cylinder of an internal combustion engine (as in an automobile)
3
:  the compressed remains of a fossil plant
4
:  conversion (as of data, a data file, or a communications signal) in order to reduce the space occupied or bandwidth required
com·pres·sion·al \-ˈpresh-nəl, -ˈpre-shə-nəl\ adjective
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Examples of COMPRESSION

  1. <the compression of a long, complicated story into a two-hour movie is never easy>

First Known Use of COMPRESSION

15th century
COMPRESSION Defined for Kids

compression

noun com·pres·sion \kəm-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of COMPRESSION for Kids

:  the act, process, or result of pressing something together
Medical Dictionary

compression

noun com·pres·sion \kəm-ˈpresh-ən\

Medical Definition of COMPRESSION

:  the act, process, or result of compressing especially when involving a compressing force on a bodily part <compression of an artery by forceps> <compression of the brain by the bones of a depressed fracture>
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