com·​pres·​sive | \ kəm-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce compressive (audio) \

Definition of compressive

1 : of or relating to compression
2 : tending to compress

Other Words from compressive

compressively adverb

Examples of compressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bamboo has more than twice the strength of the wood usually used for construction, and it's got a compressive strength similar to concrete. CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 The designs are typically colorblocked with a range of neutrals and brighter hues and the fabric feels compressive without being too tight. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 6 June 2022 The best part is the fabric, which is stretchy and comfortable but still compressive. Izzy Grinspan, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2022 The suit's compressive material was designed to minimize blood clots, which Williams had been struggling with since giving birth the year prior. Leah Dolan, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 With the correct substrate, growing conditions, and post-production, Hebel’s team at the Karlsruhe Faculty of Architecture has grown mycelium-composite bricks with a compressive strength similar to that of a baked clay brick. William Ralston, Wired, 26 July 2022 Some have breathability ideal for lounging and yoga flows, while more compressive styles can stand up to HIIT workouts and summer hikes—no chafing here. Andrea Aguila, Glamour, 20 July 2022 Its compressive fit holds you in to prevent bounce, while the racerback provides a good range of motion. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 The diagonal lines create a slimming appearance and the fabric is compressive, yet not too tight. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of compressive

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Sep 2022

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“Compressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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