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

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

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Other Words from compressed

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

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How far pot prices might fall with legalization, and how compressed profit margins might become, is another unknown. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Companies Betting on Pot May Be Worse Off When the Smoke Clears," 12 Oct. 2018 Carpal tunnel occurs when the median nerve in the, well, carpal tunnel in your hand becomes compressed. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "The Right Way to Use Your Phone So You Don’t Wreck Your Body," 27 Sep. 2018 These kits are usually delivered in a compressed file with a text file that even explains to the customer how to configure them. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 At the same time, the image itself degraded, growing more compressed and watermarked with more layers of text scribbled out and written over again. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 But the details, and the combination of compressed and soaring spaces, were another story altogether. Sam Lubell, New York Times, "A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic," 2 July 2018 The television arm of ILM will be headquartered in the company’s new London studio, with a particular focus on the compressed production schedule and turnaround times that are required in television. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Industrial Light & Magic opens TV division just in time for Disney’s new Star Wars show," 7 Nov. 2018 Rather than small, portable pumps that don't work especially well, most riders now carry cartridges with compressed CO2 to re-inflate their tires after flat repairs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 At Harborview, Telford underwent surgery to address swelling and a compressed spinal cord and required several vertebrae to be fused. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "King County to pay former jail inmate $1M for spinal-cord injury untreated for 10 days," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of compressed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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