Definition of decompress
1 : to release from pressure or compression
2 : to convert (something, such as a compressed file or signal) to an expanded or original size
: to undergo release from pressure; especially : relax need a week off to decompress
decompressionplay \-ˈpre-shən\ noun
Examples of decompress in a Sentence
Once pressure was released, the vertebrae decompressed.
The file must be decompressed before it can be read.
Recent Examples of decompress from the Web
The new center offers a lot more elbow room, parking and places to meet and decompress.
Paintballs would have to be tough enough to not explosively decompress yet weak enough to splatter on the asteroid’s surface instead of merely leaving hundreds of tiny craters.
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First Known Use of decompress
DECOMPRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decompress for English Language Learners
: to release or reduce the physical pressure on something or to have the physical pressure released or reduced
computers : to change (a computer file that has been made smaller) back to its original size by using special software
: to rest and relax
Medical Definition of decompress
: to release from pressure or compression
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