Compress - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kəmˈpres|  American pronunciation of the word compress
Brit.  |kəmˈpres|  British pronunciation of the word compress


- a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)


- make more compact by or as if by pressing (syn: compact)
compress the data
- squeeze or press together (syn: compact, constrict, contract, press, squeeze)
she compressed her lips

Extra examples

Her lips compressed into a frown.

This type of file compresses easily.

It is going to be very difficult to compress this mass of material into a book of ordinary length.

This machine can compress the paper into thick cardboard.

Light silk is best for parachutes, as it compresses well and then expands rapidly.

Isobel nodded, her lips compressed.

Snow falling on the mountainsides is compressed into ice.

The miners used rock drills and compressed air to drive through hard rock.

The program compresses any data saved to the disk.

In this chapter we compress into summary form the main issues discussed so far.

Many couples want to compress their childbearing into a short space of time in their married life.

Apply a cold compress to the injury.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: compress
he/she/it: compresses
present participle: compressing
past tense: compressed
past participle: compressed
singular: compress
plural: compresses
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