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 In contrast, should valuations compress, stock investors may be in trouble. Simon Moore, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Or lock the lid in place to compress food for crispiness on the top and bottom. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, 14 Apr. 2021 All Purple mattresses are made from a hyper-elastic gel grid that’s designed to flex and compress under pressure points, while still providing adequate support for the rest of your body. Lindsay Boyers, Forbes, 18 May 2021 What if a starship could compress space in front of it while expanding spacetime behind it? Mario Borunda, The Conversation, 23 Apr. 2021 Many described being told to bend rules, compress in-person visits and hazard guesses as to the inhabitants of households in order to reach the bureau’s goal of a 99 percent count. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Fill the framed area with pea gravel and top with leveling sand, tamping to compress and level before setting pavers. Katie Leporte, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 May 2021 Foot traffic can also compress leaf litter and erode soil, degrading habitat where larval fireflies grow and find prey. Ashley Stimpson, Wired, 13 May 2021 Shocks and forks should compress and rebound fully and smoothly, without looseness or a harsh, pogo-stick rebound. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Applying a cool compress to the affected area or soaking in a cool bath can help calm down any inflammation, per the FDA. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 14 May 2021 Using a clean washcloth to make a warm compress for the abscess can also help, according to the AAD. Bethany Fulton, SELF, 26 May 2021 Apply a cold compress to soothe the skin, New York dermatologist and founder of OptiSkin Orit Markowitz says. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2021 Take a cool shower or put a cool compress on your forehead for fever, the Frederick County Health Department recommends. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 28 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, a cold compress spiked with essential oils may help, says Green. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2021 Once the stinger's gone, wash the site with water and gentle soap, apply a cold compress to keep the swelling down and try an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen for pain, says Dr. Cameron. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 12 May 2021 This will also work with the cold compress to lower your body temperature. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2021 The company takes various fruit and plant mixtures and compress's them down, extracting all of their sugars and waters. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

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

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18 Jun 2021

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“Compress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compress. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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