compression

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com·pres·sion

noun \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

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

com·pres·sion

noun \kəm-ˈpresh-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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