com·​pac·​tion | \ kəm-ˈpak-shən How to pronounce compaction (audio) , käm- \

Definition of compaction

: the act or process of compacting : the state of being compacted

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Examples of compaction in a Sentence

the compaction of a complex topic into a short article means that a lot of niceties are going to get crushed
Recent Examples on the Web The rationale was that this laborious spadework brought loamy topsoil down to subsoil level to promote deep rooting, relieved soil compaction and allowed the gardener to improve both sandy and clay soils by adding compost. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 The treatment corrects soil compaction and adds organic material. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 Many could not tolerate pollution and compaction; others interfered with utilities and sidewalks. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021 Core aeration improves the lawn’s health and vigor by breaking up soil compaction, which improves water drainage, nutrient absorption and air circulation to the roots. Tim Johnson,, 13 Apr. 2021 This category factors in land subsidence caused by the natural compaction of land and the Laurentide ice sheet melting. Jackson Dill And Brandon Miller, CNN, 26 Mar. 2021 Aerating and top dressing the lawn will address soil compaction and incorporate organic material into the lawn grass root system. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Mar. 2021 The project would start in September with regrading, or tilling the soil with nutrient-rich materials at an equal depth to cure aged soil compaction, re-establishing the historic furrows for flood watering and planting orchard grass. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Aerate and top dress your lawn now to address soil compaction and to bring the grass roots in contact with organic material. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of compaction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Compaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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