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 aeration opens channels for the organic material to penetrate to the roots for gas exchange, nutrient efficiency, efficient drainage and reduction of compaction. Calvin Finch,, "A guide to the small trees you should plant in your San Antonio garden: Mexican plum, Texas redbud, desert willow, Mexican olive," 22 Jan. 2021 Mulch can be used in yards and gardens to help prevent soil erosion and compaction. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Here’s how to recycle your Christmas tree in Irving," 28 Dec. 2020 Besides breeding, no-till farming could help by preventing soil compaction and encouraging good root development to help plants access more legacy phosphorus. Julia Rosen, National Geographic, "Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.," 14 Oct. 2020 Also, noticeable surface roots are often determined by the soil moisture levels and soil compaction. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to control aphids on hibiscus plants," 26 Sep. 2020 But as the Bay Area retreated into itself to battle the spread of COVID-19, the restaurant industry experienced an acute compaction and transformation into a lighter, more ad hoc version of itself. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The beginning of the end of gas-powered cars in California?," 24 Sep. 2020 And regular wear and tear can cause compaction within a lawn, which leads to brown or bare spots. oregonlive, "What you need to know to get a tired lawn back into shape," 31 Aug. 2020 The aerator’s chief function is to relieve soil compaction. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s lawn-fixing season. Here’s how to do it.," 26 Aug. 2020 The compaction can potentially spark a fire when things like batteries, paint, pool chemicals and propane tanks get crunched together. Mike Schell, The Enquirer, "Rumpke: Trash has sparked 15 garbage truck fires this summer," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of compaction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jan 2021

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“Compaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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