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 compressional (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

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Additionally, the exhaust ports have been optimized and the compression ratio modified. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 The tennis pro chose to wear a Nike catsuit for her match against Czechia’s Kristyna Pliskova, a compression garment that helped fight off the blood clots Williams was experiencing at the time, having recently given birth to her daughter, Alexis. Vogue, "Serena Williams’s Custom Off-White Outfit at the French Open Sent a Message," 27 May 2019 Magnetic-buckle compression straps keep things tight. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 And active recovery like foam rolling, compression, and stretching are perfectly acceptable components of a wellness routine. Melissa Malamut, Glamour, "Expensive Exercise Recovery Classes Are Taking Over Fitness Studios—but Are They Worth It?," 3 May 2019 Its pleasures are those of compression, the way each of the 33 shows is conjured with a vignette that includes two or more emblematic garments, buttressed by symbolic accessories and imagery. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT’ Review: Fashion History Hits the Runway," 12 Feb. 2019 Some of the general space savings come from more efficient compression for states saved with the Snapshots feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Parallels Desktop 14 is available now for Mac, and it includes Mojave support," 21 Aug. 2018 The infrastructure team of European private-equity firm EQT is banking on growing U.S. oil-and-gas production with its acquisition of Kodiak Gas Services LLC, a provider of compression equipment and services to the energy industry. Luis Garcia, WSJ, "EQT Buys Gas-Compression Company From Stephens Group," 11 Feb. 2019 Your best bet would be either compression gear or anything relatively formfitting. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of compression

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

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

Kids Definition of compression

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


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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