com·​pac·​tion kəm-ˈpak-shən How to pronounce compaction (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compaction was in the 14th century

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“Compaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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