In the chapter entitled “New Lands: America and the American Voice” Sutherland tries to compress 400 years into his six pages.
But we did have to compress time, and we did have to composite some of the characters.
It requires the mental discipline to compress thoughts into the fewest possible words.
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.