compaction

noun
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 But the combination of a holiday weekend of machinery that was really strained and stressed, that was functioning and then broke several times with the weight of the snow, with the compaction of the snow, the degree of blowing and drifting. Adelle Whitefoot, Twin Cities, "Duluth mayor apologizes for delays in clearing streets after 22-inch snowfall," 4 Dec. 2019 Maryland Department of the Environment officials said Oct. 31 that there is little risk to the public or environment from the tool, a surface moisture density gauge used to monitor moisture and soil compaction. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Tool containing radioactive material missing in Baltimore County; officials say there’s little public risk," 1 Nov. 2019 There will be less soil compaction if the ground is frozen when the work is done. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should wait until winter to remove a dead tree," 24 Sep. 2019 Renovation is often accompanied by dethatching — this opens the soil surface for successful seed germination — or by core aeration, which mitigates soil compaction and also aids seeding. Washington Post, "Your plants are parched. How you water makes all the difference.," 27 Sep. 2019 Learn about ways to protect and enhance garden soil by understanding the importance of pH, methods to avoid soil compaction, creating garden mulch and techniques to take a soil test. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Dahlia festival, iris sale and more," 23 Aug. 2019 Learn about ways to protect and enhance garden soil by understanding the importance of pH, methods to avoid soil compaction, creating garden mulch and techniques to take a soil test. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Dahlia festival, iris sale and more," 23 Aug. 2019 Learn about ways to protect and enhance garden soil by understanding the importance of pH, methods to avoid soil compaction, creating garden mulch and techniques to take a soil test. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Dahlia festival, iris sale and more," 23 Aug. 2019 Aerate the lawn to help reduce soil compaction, improve drainage and reduce thatch. chicagotribune.com, "What to do if your lawn has brown spots that indicate blight," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of compaction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Dec 2019

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“Compaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compaction. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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