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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

ZayRide also had to design its platform to work with the slower internet speeds encountered by users, mainly by compressing the application size. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s first app-based taxi service is expanding into West Africa," 17 June 2019 In January, Norwegian officials approved a subsea carbon storage scheme to collect CO2 from power plants and cement factories on land, compress the gas into a liquid, then pipe it under the seafloor for storage. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico," 6 June 2019 Lenovo said the hinge itself is designed so the screen folds without compressing or stretching. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Here's why Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 foldable tablet may have really killed the laptop for me," 13 May 2019 Instead, each of its body segments responds to signals from temperature-sensing neurons by compressing on one side or the other. Quanta Magazine, "Smarter Parts Make Collective Systems Too Stubborn," 26 Feb. 2019 The late opening of Tioga Road into summer, combined with peak flows of waterfalls, has compressed high visitor numbers into small areas in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite to open Tioga Road Friday," 20 June 2019 The fluff gets compressed down into bales weighing 3000 pounds or more, wrapped in plastic from four different sides and stored or sent out for testing. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 Your doctor might recommend anti-inflammatory medications and the R.I.C.E method: rest, icing the area for 20-minute periods multiple times a day, compressing the area, and elevating it as well. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If Your Knee Just Won’t Stop Popping," 23 Sep. 2018 The idea is that CAES takes power from the grid when energy prices are low and uses that power to compress air and store it underground. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Power systems company to build world’s first 1 GW energy storage project in Utah," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bonus tips: Maxi-Pads can be used as a wound compress with duct tape to stop bleeding. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "California earthquake: How to make your own emergency kit before the Big One hits," 6 July 2019 For short-term headache relief around your period, typical headache remedies can help, like using ice or a cold compress, practicing relaxation techniques, or taking an over-the-counter pain relief medication. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 In the meantime, the Mayo Clinic advises putting a warm compress over the cyst to help with discomfort. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Once the area has been cleaned, apply a cold compress soaked in a mixture of milk and ice cubes to topically ease sore skin. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 Try applying cool compresses, calamine lotion, or over-the-counter anti-itch creams with 1 percent hydrocortisone, the Mayo Clinic recommends. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 Try soaking a washcloth in cold milk and using it as a compress for symptom relief and speedier healing. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 Use an ice pack or compress: Wrap ice in a cloth before applying it directly to your skin, or soak a washcloth in cold water or milk and place that on the burn. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 17 May 2018 To help speed that process up, Dr. Hooper recommends using warm compresses, ice, and a spot treatment with anti-inflammatory cortisone cream. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Skincare Habits?," 10 Sep. 2018

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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

English Language Learners Definition of compress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to press or squeeze (something) so that it is smaller or fills less space
: to make (something) shorter or smaller
computers : to reduce the size of (a computer file) by using special software

compress

noun

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

: a folded cloth that is pressed against a part of the body to reduce pain or stop bleeding from an injury

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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