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

Definition of compressive

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

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compressively adverb

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That means that earthquakes along that boundary are typically the result of compressive force that squeezes rock to slide up the plane of the fault. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "2017 earthquake off Mexico broke through an entire tectonic plate," 4 Oct. 2018 By soaking glass in a chemical salt bath, the company also introduces compressive stress into the inside of the glass. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Why your brand-new smartphone will scratch just as easily as your old one," 19 Oct. 2018 The Haraka tights are thinner and more compressive than the Wazimu, but not as warm. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Cotopaxi's Flashy, Functional New Activewear," 28 Mar. 2018 Even if a crack forms, compressive forces from the surrounding ice laterally pushes the separation together. Julia Griffin, Scientific American, "The Magic (and Math) of Skating on Thin Ice without Falling In," 12 Mar. 2018 Initial treatment requires rest, intermittent ice packs and a compressive wrap for at least 48 hours post-injury followed by a rehab program. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Thigh injury in basketball often needs rest, ice and a rehab program | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 Top of the list: comfortable, compressive, and warm gear, lightweight and waterproof boots, odor-resistant and moisture-wicking socks, and hooded jackets that are adjustable. Meg Lappe, SELF, "6 Outdoor Apparel Staples for a Seamless Camping and Hiking Trip," 16 Oct. 2017 Framed photographs of her children and a compressive tape collection will be some of the most poignant items present. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Princess Diana’s Desk Will Be Re-Created by Prince William and Prince Harry," 21 July 2017 There are fewer compressive forces, making these exercises much more lower-back friendly than their bilateral counterparts. Jason Wanlass, idahostatesman, "Get a leg up on your training," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of compressive

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of compressive was in 1572

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