compress

[v. kuhm-pres; n. kom-pres]
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.

compressible, adjective
compressibly, adverb
compressingly, adverb
noncompressible, adjective
overcompress, verb (used with object)
precompress, verb (used with object)
uncompressible, adjective


1. condense, squeeze, constrict. See contract.


1. expand, spread.
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compress
 
vb
1.  (tr) 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
 
n
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
 
[C14: from Late Latin compressāre, from Latin comprimere, from premere to press]
 
com'pressible
 
adj
 
com'pressibleness
 
n
 
com'pressibly
 
adv

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compress
late 14c., "to press (something) together," from O.Fr. compresser, from L. compressare "to press together," frequentative of comprimere "to squeeze," from com- "together" + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). The noun, in the surgical sense, is from 1599.
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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.

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Example sentences for compresses
This compresses the collarbone and upper ribs but is not medically dangerous.
Part of the process of inflammation is swelling, and this compresses the nerve.
The hernia compresses the adjacent nerves and causes back pain.
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