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

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 Aerating a lawn addresses that compaction by cutting numerous small holes through the grass to reach the soil. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2022 Their foot traffic can lead to soil compaction, damaging the tree’s shallow roots. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Soil compaction occurs when the soil particles are pressed together. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 Drier regions have less groundwater to squeeze out and so are less at risk of compaction. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 May 2022 If agricultural equipment now poses a compaction risk, the dinosaurs were almost certainly causing problems. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 May 2022 It's also designed to create the ideal aeration levels for these types of plants and to avoid soil compaction. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2022 Soil compaction is legendary for leading to bare spots and poor grass. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2022 Soil compaction also affects drainage: Rainwater can’t soak into the dense soil and instead runs off., 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of compaction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2022

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“Compaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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