com·​pressed | \ kəm-ˈprest How to pronounce compressed (audio) also ˈkäm-ˌprest \

Definition of compressed

1 : pressed together : reduced in size or volume (as by pressure)
2 : flattened as though subjected to compression:
a : flattened laterally petioles compressed
b : narrow from side to side and deep in a dorsoventral direction

Other Words from compressed

compressedly \ kəm-​ˈprest-​lē How to pronounce compressed (audio) , -​ˈpre-​səd-​lē How to pronounce compressed (audio) \ adverb

Examples of compressed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Image files should be appropriately sized and compressed, and relevant, keyword-rich file names should be defined prior to upload. Rashad Nasir, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Take pipelines: The infrastructure the oil-and-gas sector uses to move natural gas (methane) cannot readily be shared with compressed hydrogen. Dan Neil, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 Unlike her sprawling Neapolitan novels, which sought to capture an entire way of life in mid-century Naples, The Days of Abandonment is the compressed tale of one woman’s breakdown. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2022 As the star dies in a supernova, protons and electrons in its core are crushed into a compressed solar mass that combines intense gravity with high-speed rotation and powerful magnetic forces, according to NASA. Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2022 This genre-defying book of compressed prose, poetry and image is the product of a mind — and heart — pushing the artistic tachometer to the red line. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Slone sustained a broken pelvis, a compressed spinal cord, and other injuries that caused chronic pain and put him in a wheelchair. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 When liner fitting, with the liner out of the shell, step in to ensure a snug but comfortable fit: the artery along your instep shouldn’t be too compressed, and the liner should securely grip the back of your heel. Anna Fiorentino, Outside Online, 8 Feb. 2022 Brown coal, or lignite, is sedimentary rock that is less compressed than typical bituminous coal. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of compressed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Compressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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