decompress

verb de·com·press \ ˌdē-kəm-ˈpres \

Definition of decompress

transitive verb
1 : to release from pressure or compression
2 : to convert (something, such as a compressed file or signal) to an expanded or original size
intransitive verb
: to undergo release from pressure; especially : relax
  • need a week off to decompress

decompression

play \-ˈpre-shən\ noun

Examples of decompress in a Sentence

  1. Once pressure was released, the vertebrae decompressed.

  2. The file must be decompressed before it can be read.

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First Known Use of decompress

1905

decompress Synonyms



DECOMPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

decompress

verb

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 Dictionary

decompress

transitive verb de·com·press \ ˌdē-kəm-ˈpres \

medical Definition of decompress

: to release from pressure or compression


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