in·​com·​press·​ible ˌin-kəm-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce incompressible (audio)
: incapable of or resistant to compression

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Because the fluid is incompressible, the movement of the larger cylinder must match that of the smaller one. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 24 Aug. 2022 Most hydraulic equipment uses some sort of incompressible fluid to help create optimal force. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 23 Feb. 2021 Some of my own real-world testing demonstrated a five-percent performance hit when using inline LZ4 compression on completely incompressible data but a 27-percent performance win on a Windows Server ISO—and that was on very fast SSD storage. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2020 The Web browsing workload—16 parallel downloads of a 128KB incompressible file, rate-limited to 1Mbps by sleeping in between operations as necessary—is the key to measuring network performance. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 12 June 2018 Bumps in the road were dampened by the incompressible fluid squeezing the compressible gas in the spheres. The Economist, 15 Mar. 2018 Initially, the moving air, which behaves as an incompressible flow in the open-ended AirDancer, creates enough pressure to inflate the tube. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, 17 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incompressible was circa 1736

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“Incompressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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in·​com·​press·​ible ˌin-kəm-ˈpres-ə-bəl How to pronounce incompressible (audio)
: impossible or difficult to compress
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