compression

noun com·pres·sion \ kəm-ˈpre-shən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of compression

1 a : 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

compressional

play \kəm-ˈpresh-nəl, -ˈpre-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of compression in a Sentence

  1. the compression of a long, complicated story into a two-hour movie is never easy

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First Known Use of compression

15th century


COMPRESSION Defined for Kids

compression

noun com·pres·sion \ kəm-ˈpre-shən \

Definition of compression for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

compression

noun com·pres·sion \ kəm-ˈpresh-ən \

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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