compress

verb
com·​press | \ kəm-ˈpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \
compressed; compressing; compresses

Definition of compress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to press or squeeze together
2 : to reduce in size, quantity, or volume as if by squeezing compress a computer file

compress

noun
com·​press | \ ˈkäm-ˌpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \

Definition of compress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a folded cloth or pad applied so as to press upon a body part
2 : a machine for compressing

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Verb

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length. caused her muscles to contract shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions. the sweater will shrink when washed condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content. condense the essay into a paragraph compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance. compressed cotton into bales constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter. the throat is constricted by a tight collar deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas. deflate the balloon

Examples of compress in a Sentence

Verb compress the air in a closed chamber Her lips compressed into a frown. a material that compresses easily This type of file compresses easily.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Either persistently high inflation or a return to 2%-plus real rates would compress multiples, making stocks' dive much faster and steeper. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 May 2022 For this last step, Midleton will begin using mechanical vapor recompression technology to capture, compress and reuse waste heat. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 16 June 2022 The act of squeezing through a woman’s birth canal can compress a stillborn baby’s chest cavity and lungs, and once the baby is out of the canal, the lungs expand and can take in air, Davis said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 June 2022 Sonia Yanes focused on adaptive design, paying attention to details that were both functional and fashionable, like buttonhole pleats that compress and release. Vogue, 23 May 2022 Beyond the near term, the likelihood is that valuations will compress when the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy. Nick Sargen, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The Dances compress a tight pack of varied moods and emotions — almost all of them smuggled through the last century into various corners of culture. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The Wall Street veteran, who made a name betting successfully against corporate frauds like Enron, expects Coinbase’s fees to compress from their current levels as competition from rivals including Binance, Kraken, Gemini and FTX intensify. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 May 2022 Instead, the bands are adjusted to modesty compress the upper arms or legs by approximately 70%. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun People experiencing heat exhaustion should seek air-conditioning, take a cool shower or use a cold compress, or drink water if the person is fully conscious, NWS recommends. The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 So one way to combat the pain is to relieve that tension by applying a hot or cold compress to your head, neck, or shoulders. Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 19 May 2022 Apply a cold compress for 10 minutes to reduce the swelling and itching. Cierra Britten, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 The welcoming staff greets me with a cold compress and tea elixir, both seeped in star anise, as a sensory pick-me-up after the hour-long drive from Cancun airport. Cori Murray, Essence, 11 May 2022 Other ways to treat morning headaches caused by tension include a warm or cold compress to ease the pain, a warm shower to relax tense muscles, or a massage to loosen trigger points. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 19 Apr. 2022 Apply a cold compress or ice pack to your head or neck. Abigail Libers, SELF, 2 Mar. 2022 The man’s son, his primary caregiver, puts drops in his mouth, then dips a cold compress in water, placing it on his forehead. Ken Budd, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 Applying a cool compress can help numb the pain in your head, Dr. Csere says. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of compress

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compress

Verb

Middle English, from Late Latin compressare to press hard, frequentative of Latin comprimere to compress, from com- + premere to press — more at press

Noun

Middle French compresse, from compresser to compress, from Late Latin compressare

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compress

verb
com·​press | \ kəm-ˈpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \
compressed; compressing

Kids Definition of compress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to press or squeeze together compressing his lips
2 : to reduce in size, quantity, or volume by or as if by pressure The pump is for compressing air.

compress

noun
com·​press | \ ˈkäm-ˌpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \

Kids Definition of compress (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pad (as of folded cloth) applied firmly to a part of the body (as to stop bleeding)

compress

transitive verb
com·​press | \ kəm-ˈpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \

Medical Definition of compress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to press or squeeze together a ligament in the wrist was compressing a nerve
2 : to reduce in size or volume as if by squeezing compress air

compress

noun
com·​press | \ ˈkäm-ˌpres How to pronounce compress (audio) \

Medical Definition of compress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a covering consisting usually of a folded cloth that is applied and held firmly by the aid of a bandage over a wound dressing to prevent oozing
2 : a folded wet or dry cloth applied firmly to a part (as to allay inflammation)

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