compactification

noun com·pact·i·fi·ca·tion \kəmˌpaktəfə̇ˈkāshən\

Definition of compactification

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a compact topological space that contains a given topological space as a subset or that contains a subset homeomorphic to the given topological space

  2. 2 :  the application of a topological compactification to a model of the universe (such as one involving superstrings) in which the ordinary dimensions of space are held to coexist with several other dimensions too infinitesimal in size to observe

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Origin and Etymology of compactification

1compact + -ification (as in saponification)


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