Compressing vs Compress - What's the difference?

compressing | compress |


As verbs the difference between compressing and compress

is that compressing is (compress) while compress is to make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.

As a noun compress is

a multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc, used to apply to a patient's skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.

compressing

English

Verb

(head)
  • compress

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) compresser, from compressare 'to press hard/together', from compressus, the past participle of comprimere 'to compress', itself from com- 'together' + premere 'to press'

    Verb

  • To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.
  • The force required to compress a spring varies linearly with the displacement.
  • * D. Webster
  • events of centuries compressed within the compass of a single life
  • * Melmoth
  • The same strength of expression, though more compressed , runs through his historical harangues.
  • To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format.
  • ''Our new model compresses easily, ideal for storage and travel
  • To condense into a more economic, easier format.
  • This chart compresses the entire audit report into a few lines on a single diagram.
  • To abridge.
  • If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.
  • (technology) To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.
  • (obsolete) To embrace sexually.
  • (Alexander Pope)
    Synonyms
    * (press together ): compact, condense, pack, press, squash, squeeze * (be pressed together ): contract * (condense, abridge ): abridge, condense, shorten, truncate
    Antonyms
    * (press together ): expand * (be pressed together ): decontract * (condense, abridge ): expand, lengthen * (make computing data smaller ): uncompress
    Derived terms
    * compressed * compressed air * compressedly * compressibility * compressible * compression * compressive * compressive strength * compressor * decompress

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) compresse, from compresser 'to compress', from Late (etyl) compressare 'to press hard/together', from compressus, the past participle of comprimere 'to compress', itself from com- 'together' + premere 'to press'

    Noun

    (es)
  • A multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc., used to apply to a patient's skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.
  • He held a cold compress over the sprain.
  • A machine for compressing