com·pressed | \kəm-ˈprest 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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compressedly \kəm-ˈprest-lē, -ˈpre-səd-lē \ adverb

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The parcel carrier is spending $130 million to buy 730 compressed natural-gas vehicles, boosting its current CNG fleet by about 19%, and to add five CNG fueling stations to its existing network of more than 50 stations, UPS announced Tuesday. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "UPS Is Adding 730 Alternative-Fuel Trucks to Its Fleet," 19 June 2018 Combustion of the compressed fuel drives the piston back down, pushing exhaust out and forcing the fuel up into the combustion chamber for the next ignition. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Us Take Apart a Chainsaw Into 297 Pieces," 24 June 2015 On April 22, 2016, the Russians moved compressed DNC data using X-Tunnel to the computer in Illinois, according to the indictment., "Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say," 13 July 2018 In addition to the voice-recognition, Bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming, the 2019 Lexus ES will have a 10-speaker stereo designed for the ES that Lexus says delivers CD-quality sound from those compressed MP3. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Posher, sleeker 2019 Lexus ES will have Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa," 16 June 2018 Take something as simple as an MP3 compressed audio file. Ed Wallace\, star-telegram, "Technology’s Blown Engine," 8 June 2018 Once again, the extremely compressed distance in these images both illuminates the rate at which our planet twirls and accentuates the size of Earth’s lunar friend. National Geographic, "Why This Huge Full Moon Seems to Be Falling From the Sky," 6 June 2018 They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of compressed sawdust. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 For outsiders, this compressed history will be illuminating. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of compressed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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