compress

verb
com·press | \ kəm-ˈpres \
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 \

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

Concerns that the Federal Reserve’s boost in short-term rates will slow the economy have compressed the difference between two-year and 10-year Treasury note yields. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is a flattening yield curve a sign of a coming recession?," 6 July 2018 The first inch has typically come by the latter part of December, somewhere around Christmas in the long-term sample, but generally later in recent decades as our season has compressed thanks to warming temperatures over time. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "Everything you ever wanted to know about snow in Washington, D.C., updated.," 9 Feb. 2018 In order to steal a large number of documents without detection, the indictment says, the Russians used a publicly available technology tool to gather and compress files, including opposition research, from DNC networks. chicagotribune.com, "Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say," 13 July 2018 While Tree of 40 Fruit compresses an orchard into a single tree, the Open Orchard, located on an island in New York, will comprise up to 300 varieties grafted on to individual trees. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 Clemens played sparingly, with 17 of his 21 (mostly unspectacular) NFL starts compressed into two seasons. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 In Scotland, the barley would be dried over burning briquettes of peat, organic plant matter compressed in the ground for thousands of years. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "Americans Are Making Great Single-Malt Whiskey Now," 19 May 2018 Imagine if traditional high-school academics were compressed. Oren Cass, WSJ, "Not Everyone Should Go to College," 17 May 2018 Some say a king salmon fishing season that used to stretch over several months is largely getting compressed into July. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pretty devastating’: After years of poor king salmon runs, renowned Kenai River sport fishing community adjusts," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Immediately immerse the burn in cool tap water or apply cold, wet compresses. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: What to do if you get burned by a firework," 4 July 2018 Bag of frozen peas, or another cold compress will absorb the heat and reduce swelling. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Can shaving cream take sting out of sunburn? One mom says yes," 29 June 2018 Or use clean hands and apply a warm compress to help draw the pimple out. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This 20-Minute Pimple Popping Video Will Give You Nightmares," 18 June 2018 What to do: Wash the bite with soap and water and use cool compresses to alleviate the numbness and tingling. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do," 18 June 2018 If the sore is below the belt: Just like with cold sores, cool compresses are your friend. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, ""I Have a Cold Sore. Does That Mean I Have Herpes?"," 7 Oct. 2016 There was a lot of commentary back in the United States on some other channels that maybe because this schedule is getting compress, that the deal was falling through. Fox News, "Conway: Denuclearization of North Korea benefits the world," 12 June 2018 The temptation is strong to lie down, close my eyes, and put a cold compress on my head. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Eagles vs. POTUS? I don't care, as Trump fatigue sets in | Stu Bykofsky," 5 June 2018 Mistake 4: Not boosting essential oil remedies with other treatments Pair essential oils with other relaxing, healing treatments like massage, or hot and cold compresses. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016

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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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \

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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