com·​pressed kəm-ˈprest How to pronounce compressed (audio)
 also  ˈkäm-ˌprest
: pressed together : reduced in size or volume (as by pressure)
: flattened as though subjected to compression:
: flattened laterally
petioles compressed
: narrow from side to side and deep in a dorsoventral direction

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Technically, compressed air is not the only option, as a plasma effectors and others methods can also be used to manipulate air flow. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2023 Throughout a hybrid and compressed schedule pilot over the past year, a flexible work task force has captured valuable feedback from members of the campus community to inform recommendations. Ryan Anderson, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2023 Difluoroethane is a gas often used in cans of compressed air, which can be huffed to produce a high, while alprazolam is the generic form of brand-name Xanax. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 28 Apr. 2023 Officers found a group of people one of whom had an air gun, which uses springs or compressed air to fire projectiles. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2023 Spray the coils and fins with compressed air to remove any remaining dirt and dust. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2023 The manner of death was ruled as accidental, with the first cause of death listed as drowning and the second listed from effects of alprazolam and difluoroethane, a volatile substance found in cans of compressed air. Jessica Wang,, 18 Apr. 2023 The manner of his death was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, with the first cause of death cited as drowning and the second being difluoroethane — an ingredient used in cans of compressed air — along with Xanax. Thania Garcia, Variety, 18 Apr. 2023 Things not to clean your phone with include makeup remover, window cleaner, compressed air, dish soap, and vinegar. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of compressed was in the 14th century

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“Compressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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