compact

adjective
com·​pact | \ kəm-ˈpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-ˈpakt, ˈkäm-ˌpakt \

Definition of compact

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : predominantly formed or filled : composed, made Miss Austen's novels are compact of delicate trivialities …— Samuel Alexander
2a : having a dense structure or parts or units closely packed or joined a compact woolen compact bone
b : not diffuse or verbose a compact statement
c : occupying a small volume by reason of efficient use of space a compact camera a compact formation of troops
d : short-bodied, solid, and without excess flesh He had a small, compact body that looked full of life.— D. H. Lawrence
3 : being a topological space and especially a metric space with the property that for any collection of open sets which contains it there is a subset of the collection with a finite number of elements which also contains it

compact

verb
compacted; compacting; compacts

Definition of compact (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make up by connecting or combining : compose
2a : to knit or draw together : combine
b : to press together : compress

compact

noun (1)
com·​pact | \ ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) \

Definition of compact (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is compact or compacted:
a : a small cosmetic case (as for compressed powder)
b : an automobile smaller than an intermediate but larger than a subcompact

compact

noun (2)
com·​pact | \ ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) \

Definition of compact (Entry 4 of 4)

: an agreement or covenant between two or more parties

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Other Words from compact

Adjective

compactly \ kəm-​ˈpak(t)-​lē How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-​ˈpak(t)-​ , ˈkäm-​ˌpak(t)-​ \ adverb
compactness \ kəm-​ˈpak(t)-​nəs How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-​ˈpak(t)-​ , ˈkäm-​ˌpak(t)-​ \ noun

Verb

compactible \ kəm-​ˈpak-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-​ˈpak-​ , ˈkäm-​ˌpak-​ \ adjective
compactor or less commonly compacter \ kəm-​ˈpak-​tər How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-​ˈpak-​ , ˈkäm-​ˌpak-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for compact

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of compact in a Sentence

Adjective The drill has a compact design. the apartment's compact floor plan The cabin was compact but perfectly adequate. He is compact and muscular. He has a compact body. Verb The snow had compacted into a hard icy layer. the media giant decided to compact all of its far-flung operations onto a single site
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First Known Use of compact

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1601, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compact

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, firmly put together, from Latin compactus, from past participle of compingere to put together, from com- + pangere to fasten — more at pact

Noun (2)

Latin compactum, from neuter of compactus, past participle of compacisci to make an agreement, from com- + pacisci to contract — more at pact

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The first known use of compact was in the 14th century

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“Compact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compact. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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compact

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of compact

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: smaller than other things of the same kind
: using little space and having parts that are close together
: closely or firmly packed or joined together

compact

verb

English Language Learners Definition of compact (Entry 2 of 2)

: to press (something) so that it is harder and fills less space

compact

adjective
com·​pact | \ kəm-ˈpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) , ˈkäm-ˌpakt \

Kids Definition of compact

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : closely united or packed compact dirt
2 : arranged so as to save space a compact house

Other Words from compact

compactly adverb
compactness noun

compact

verb
compacted; compacting

Kids Definition of compact (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to draw together : combine
2 : to press together tightly The machine compacts the trash.

compact

noun
com·​pact | \ ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) \

Kids Definition of compact (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a small case for cosmetics
2 : a somewhat small automobile

compact

noun
com·​pact | \ ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) \

Kids Definition of compact (Entry 4 of 4)

compact

adjective
com·​pact | \ kəm-ˈpakt How to pronounce compact (audio) , käm-ˈ How to pronounce compact (audio) , ˈkäm-ˌ \

Medical Definition of compact

: having a dense structure without small cavities or cells compact bone compare cancellous

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