[verb kuh m-pres; noun kom-pres] /verb kəmˈprɛs; noun ˈkɒm prɛs/
verb (used with object)
to press together; force into less space.
to cause to become a solid mass:
to compress cotton into bales.
to condense, shorten, or abbreviate:
The book was compressed by 50 pages.
Computers. to reduce the storage space required for (data) by changing its format:
The algorithm should compress the video file without losing any quality.
Medicine/Medical. a soft, cloth pad held in place by a bandage and used to provide pressure or to supply moisture, cold, heat, or medication.
an apparatus for compressing cotton bales.
a warehouse for storing cotton bales before shipment.
(transitive) to squeeze together or compact into less space; condense
(computing) to apply a compression program to (electronic data) so that it takes up less space
a wet or dry cloth or gauze pad with or without medication, applied firmly to some part of the body to relieve discomfort, reduce fever, drain a wound, etc
a machine for packing material, esp cotton, under pressure
late 14c., “to press (something) together,” from Old French compresser “compress, put under pressure,” from Latin compressare “to press together,” frequentative of comprimere “to squeeze,” from com- “together” (see com-) + premere “to press” (see press (v.1)). Related: Compressed; compressing.
1590s in the surgical sense, from compress (v.).
compress com·press (kŏm’prěs’)
A soft pad of gauze or other material applied with pressure to a part of the body to control hemorrhage or to supply heat, cold, moisture, or medication to alleviate pain or reduce infection. v. com·pressed, com·press·ing, com·press·es (kəm-prěs’)
To press or squeeze together.
[kuh m-presh-uh n] /kəmˈprɛʃ ən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. the effect, result, or consequence of being compressed. 4. (in internal-combustion engines) the reduction in volume and increase of pressure of the air or combustible mixture in the cylinder prior to ignition, produced by the motion of […]
[kom-pruh-mahyzd] /ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪzd/ adjective, Pathology. 1. unable to function optimally, especially with regard to immune response, owing to underlying disease, harmful environmental exposure, or the side effects of a course of treatment.
[kom-pruh-mahyz] /ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz/ noun 1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands. 2. the result of such a settlement. 3. something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house. […]
[kuh m-pyoo-ter] /kəmˈpyu tər/ noun 1. a programmable electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed, and display the results of these operations. Mainframes, desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones are some of the different types of computers. Compare , . 2. a person who ; computist. […]