compression

noun
com·​pres·​sion | \ kəm-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce compression (audio) \

Definition of compression

1a : the act, process, or result of compressing
b : the state of being compressed
2 : the process of compressing the fuel mixture in a cylinder of an internal combustion engine (as in an automobile)
3 : the compressed remains of a fossil plant
4 : conversion (as of data, a data file, or a communications signal) in order to reduce the space occupied or bandwidth required

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Other Words from compression

compressional \ kəm-​ˈpresh-​nəl How to pronounce compression (audio) , -​ˈpre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of compression in a Sentence

the compression of a long, complicated story into a two-hour movie is never easy
Recent Examples on the Web While air travelers frequently sing their praises, especially for long flights, compression socks can prevent soreness during hikes, runs, or other exercise. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Compression socks to ease aches and support travel," 20 Jan. 2021 Treatment can vary but often involves hydration and exercise and wearing compression socks to help return blood to the heart from the legs. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 As in the works of Helen Frankenthaler, this tension between flatness and depth give Jones’ paintings a sense of compression, with many layers being pressed into a shallow space. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "Swallowed up by color: Gallery 12.26 scores with the abstract art of Rachel Jones," 10 Dec. 2020 The species, which can be found in Southern California’s woodlands, withstood compression of about 39,000 times its own weight. NBC News, "How to build stronger materials? A 'diabolical' beetle offers clues," 21 Oct. 2020 Treatment can vary but often involves hydration and exercise and wearing compression socks to help return blood to the heart from the legs. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 Sciatica can cause back and leg pain and is due to compression on nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine down the thigh. Fox News, "Pope Francis to skip New Year's Eve ceremonies due to back pain," 1 Jan. 2021 Treatment can vary but often involves hydration and exercise and wearing compression socks to help return blood to the heart from the legs. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 Treatment can vary but often involves hydration and exercise and wearing compression socks to help return blood to the heart from the legs. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many Marylanders long after COVID-19 infection," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of compression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of compression was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

23 Feb 2021

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“Compression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compression. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for compression

compression

noun
com·​pres·​sion | \ kəm-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce compression (audio) \

Kids Definition of compression

: the act, process, or result of pressing something together

compression

noun
com·​pres·​sion | \ kəm-ˈpresh-ən How to pronounce compression (audio) \

Medical Definition of compression

: the act, process, or result of compressing especially when involving a compressing force on a bodily part compression of an artery by forceps compression of the brain by the bones of a depressed fracture

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