follow Dictionary.com

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

compressed

[kuh m-prest] /kəmˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
pressed into less space; condensed:
compressed gases.
2.
pressed together:
compressed lips.
3.
flattened by or as if by pressure:
compressed wallboard.
4.
Zoology, Botany. flattened laterally.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see compress, -ed2
Related forms
compressedly, adverb
subcompressed, adjective
uncompressed, adjective
Antonyms
1. expanded.

compress

[v. kuh m-pres; n. kom-pres] /v. kəmˈprɛs; n. ˈkɒm prɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to press together; force into less space.
2.
to cause to become a solid mass:
to compress cotton into bales.
3.
to condense, shorten, or abbreviate:
The book was compressed by 50 pages.
noun
4.
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.
5.
an apparatus for compressing cotton bales.
6.
a warehouse for storing cotton bales before shipment.
Origin
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English (< Middle French compresser) < Late Latin compressāre, frequentative of Latin comprimere to squeeze together (see com-, press1); (noun) < Middle French compresse, noun derivative of the v.
Related forms
compressible, adjective
compressibly, adverb
compressingly, adverb
noncompressible, adjective
overcompress, verb (used with object)
precompress, verb (used with object)
uncompressible, adjective
Synonyms
1. condense, squeeze, constrict. See contract.
Antonyms
1. expand, spread.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for compressed
  • Others have tried to inject compressed air into the stream.
  • Much controversy was compressed into the pulpit hour, and occasionally extended it.
  • The middle ear or tympanic cavity is an irregular, laterally compressed space within the temporal bone.
  • Liquid, dry, or compressed yeast may be used for raising bread.
  • The cooling is accomplished by means of ice, or by a machine where compressed gas is cooled and then permitted to expand.
  • The fonts must be compressed in order to portray the entire page.
  • It's not clear how that could be done within a compressed curriculum.
  • Time and place are compressed, and filmic conventions may gloss over details that have consumed your research hours.
  • Inquire at your primary job about the possibility of a flexible or compressed work schedule.
  • If the compressed foundation works well for you, stick with it.
British Dictionary definitions for compressed

compressed

/kəmˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
squeezed together or condensed
2.
(of the form of flatfishes, certain plant parts, etc) flattened laterally along the whole length

compress

verb (kəmˈprɛs)
1.
(transitive) to squeeze together or compact into less space; condense
2.
(computing) to apply a compression program to (electronic data) so that it takes up less space
noun (ˈkɒmprɛs)
3.
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
4.
a machine for packing material, esp cotton, under pressure
Derived Forms
compressible, adjective
compressibleness, noun
compressibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin compressāre, from Latin comprimere, from premere to press
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for compressed

compress

v.

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.

n.

1590s in the surgical sense, from compress (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
compressed in Medicine

compress com·press (kŏm'prěs')
n.
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for compressed

17
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with compressed