com·​pres·​sive kəm-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce compressive (audio)
: of or relating to compression
: tending to compress
compressively adverb

Examples of compressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the compressive force that binds together the layers, forming a strong shock absorber made of glass. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2023 The general recovery timeline is uniform: Most deep-plane facelifts require you to wear a compressive strap for a week to restrict swelling and provide neck support. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 This dress comes in sizes up to 3XL and is constructed from a sweat-wicking and stretchy nylon material that is both flexible and compressive, providing a smoothing and sculpting finish. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 More From Popular Mechanics The bullet itself shatters due to the glass head releasing its compressive force. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2023 Double sided seams and a compressive high waistband provide a sleek, flattering look, without the headache of leggings that don’t stay in place. Kristin Braswell, Travel + Leisure, 11 Mar. 2024 Made from an incredibly soft and lightly compressive material, this cap neatly fits down over my head and eyes, offering an instant shock of relief from the pressing pain of a migraine. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 29 Feb. 2024 These squat-proof yoga leggings from Sweaty Betty flaunt an extra-high compressive waist with a hidden drawcord. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 The compressive waistband provides lots of support to the core area and encourages proper posture. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of compressive was in 1572

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Cite this Entry

“Compressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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