A spring is compressed before it's released; the viper coils before it strikes.
This is how conventions are run now, which is why they really should be compressed into one night, or maybe two.
In the rush to churn graduates out quickly, leadership training was compressed to absurd lengths.
compressed soil from the site was used to make the bricks for the resort.
Meanwhile, school buses, trucking fleets, and delivery vehicles are being converted to run on compressed natural gas.
The glottal lips open partly by yielding sidewise,—that is, they are compressed,—and partly by being shoved upward and outward.
In 1772 Horace Walpole compressed the glories of the place into a few sentences. '
We saw in Section 84 that gases have a tendency to expand, but that they can be compressed by the application of force.
And a package of compressed vegetables and a few bay leaves.
Prickles hooked, compressed, with smaller straighter ones interspersed.
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.