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Definition of compressive

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

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Other Words from compressive

compressively adverb

Examples of compressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Baden said the further testing wouldn't reveal evidence of compressive pressure on Floyd's neck and back since the pressure would have been released when it was no longer applied. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Two autopsies both find George Floyd died by homicide, but differ on some key details," 4 June 2020 Inside the drop, compressive strength and residual stress work together. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Indestructible Glass Drop Literally Break a Bullet," 23 Apr. 2020 These shorts have a waistband that’s just compressive enough to be flattering without being uncomfortable, and they’re long enough without feeling frumpy. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "These Girlfriend Collective Bike Shorts Are the Only Thing I'm Wearing This Summer," 15 May 2020 While the compressive high-rise legging is the crowd favorite, Wu is eyeing the pair with a pocket next. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Leggings for Women, Whether You're Flying or Lounging at Home," 11 May 2020 Both those batches showed a decrease in compressive strength and some microcracks after eight freeze/thaw cycles, however. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases," 31 Mar. 2020 Developed for high-performance activities, the signature Drip Dot Sportflex fabric has a slightly compressive feel and moisture-wicking properties for a faster dry. Braelyn Wood,, "Jennifer Lopez Wore These Beyond Yoga Leggings—and They’re Still Available at Zappos," 16 Dec. 2019 The thin metal skins are subject to compressive and pressure loads during flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The B-52 Bomber’s 'Wrinkles' are a Feature, Not a Flaw," 20 Nov. 2019 Shapewear is compressive; its main function is to make bodies look smaller and feel tighter. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Kim Kardashian Has Learned Restraint," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of compressive

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jun 2020

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“Compressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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