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

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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

Examples of compressed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remaining 90 matches have been scheduled to be completed in compressed six-week period, with matches played over seven weekends and two rounds of midweek matches. oregonlive, "Premier League to restart season on June 17 after coronavirus suspension: Report," 28 May 2020 His previous 14 novels, all shorter than 300 pages, possessed a spare, compressed intensity of language and design. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 In this respect, the past two months have been a highly compressed playing out of arguments about climate change and how to respond to it. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The great uncertainty," 12 May 2020 State lawmakers continue their work in a compressed legislative session today. Mike Cason |, al, "Pandemic takes half-billion dollar bite out of Alabama budgets," 6 May 2020 That’s contingent on being cleared to resume team activities by sometime in the summer, of course, and even that would result in a compressed calendar for the following year. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "How could sports resume? The good, bad and downright crazy ideas," 31 Mar. 2020 Prompted by state and federal programs that incentivize cleaner vehicles, Calgren supplies methane to fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks that run on compressed natural gas, an alternative to diesel. Los Angeles Times, "Cow poop could fuel California’s clean energy future. But not everyone’s on board," 9 Apr. 2020 The former vice president’s South Carolina blowout is forcing a series of critical questions in a compressed time frame for the Democratic field. Rick Klein And, ABC News, "The Note: Biden boom forces Buttigieg out but faces Super Tuesday reality check," 2 Mar. 2020 With the Oscars telecast moved up two weeks to Feb. 9, a compressed awards season meant balloting closed two weeks earlier than normal. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Oscar nominations 2020: It's not #OscarsSoWhite, but it's not good enough," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of compressed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Compressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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