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 compressedb : narrow from side to side and deep in a dorsoventral direction
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A plant native to South America that grows from a tuber, or compressed stem, in the shape of a large red, pink, white or green arrowhead.
Urban transit districts are swapping those out for more environment-friendly diesel-electric hybrids and buses that run on compressed natural gas.
To find oil and gas lying beneath the ocean floor, petroleum companies emit blasts of compressed air underwater.
In what some believe is an excessively compressed timeframe, the council then hopes to adopt ballot language by Aug. 24, in preparation for a public election on the airport project in November.
An added bonus for work-from-homers: the company offers schedule flexibility and compressed work weeks, depending on the business needs and the employee's position.
Reichert and project architect Byron Folwell have removed drywall in the house and found old wallpaper as well as beaverboard, a once-popular building material made of compressed wood fibers and pulp.
Exploration ships conducting seismic surveys trail arrays of airguns that shoot compressed air underwater, generating signals that reflect off the sea floor.
And in Germany a utility pumps underground caverns full of compressed air.
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