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'
To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.
* D. Webster
- The force required to compress a spring varies linearly with the displacement.
- events of centuries compressed within the compass of a single life
To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format.
- The same strength of expression, though more compressed , runs through his historical harangues.
To condense into a more economic, easier format.
- ''Our new model compresses easily, ideal for storage and travel
- This chart compresses the entire audit report into a few lines on a single diagram.
(technology) To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.
(obsolete) To embrace sexually.
- If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.
- (Alexander Pope)
* (press together ): compact, condense, pack, press, squash, squeeze
* (be pressed together ): contract
* (condense, abridge ): abridge, condense, shorten, truncate
* (press together ): expand
* (be pressed together ): decontract
* (condense, abridge ): expand, lengthen
* (make computing data smaller ): uncompress
* compressed air
* compressive strength
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'
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.
A machine for compressing
- He held a cold compress over the sprain.
To compress to a great extent.
* 1932 , Scientific American?
* 2001 , H X Mel, Doris M Baker, Cryptography decrypted?
- The principle followed by the designers of this engine is to supercompress and supercharge at ground level to the limit...
* 2004 , Keith N Ferreira, Simpletism?
- Message digest methods supercompress messages so that encryption and decryption operate on less data and, therefore, take less time.
- It might be possible for desktop technosynergic computers to supercompress an infinite number of calculations through synergic computing.