over·​com·​press ˌō-vər-kəm-ˈpres How to pronounce overcompress (audio)
overcompressed; overcompressing

transitive + intransitive

: to compress (something) to an excessive degree
overcompressed the padding
an overcompressed gasket
especially : to reduce (something, such as data, a data file, or a communications signal) too much through compression
overcompressed the video
the album's overcompressed vocals

Word History

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcompress was in 1715

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“Overcompress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcompress. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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