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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The only exceptions are charcoal and gas grills, as well as backpacking or camp stoves that use gas or compressed fuel canisters. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "State bans campfires from Homer to Fairbanks as wildfires rage," 10 July 2019 Seeing a famous poster evokes a different sensation, that of a compressed blur of times and places. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 The compressed rate before the current law was $1 and now that’s been compressed to 93 cents. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Spring ISD’s 2019-2020 budget includes teacher raises up to $3,250," 14 June 2019 The brain can then map the intermediate representation back into other activity for a temporal experience — an inverse Laplace transform — to reconstruct a compressed record of what happened when. Quanta Magazine, "How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past," 12 Feb. 2019 Slabs of compressed ice balance precariously over the sea. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 That can signal something like a serious strain or compressed nerve. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Possible Causes Behind That Annoying Neck Pain," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of compressed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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