# compressibility

[kuh m-pres-uh-bil-i-tee] /kəmˌprɛs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural compressibilities for 2.
1.
the quality or state of being compressible.
2.
Physics. the reciprocal of the bulk modulus, equal to the ratio of the fractional change in volume to the stress applied to a body.
Origin of compressibility
1685-1695
1685-95; compressible + -ity
Related forms
noncompressibility, noun
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Examples from the Web for compressibility
Historical Examples
• compressibility and Expansibility, sometimes mentioned as "properties," are but results of Porosity.

William Walker Atkinson
• Evidence of compressibility of gases and incompressibility of liquids.

Willis Eugene Tower
• For water the coefficient of compressibility, or the compression per atmosphere, is about 4.5 10-5.

• compressibility and elasticity are evident properties of air.

• And so for years we went from "A" to "compressibility" on "horseback."

• Mention three illustrations of the compressibility and expansibility of air that you know from your own experience.

Willis Eugene Tower
• Again, let us take an example from Physics—Boyle's law of the compressibility of gases.

Edward Carpenter
• Some limits are necessarily imposed upon this compressibility of working effort.

John Atkinson Hobson
• The same is true of the argument drawn from the compressibility of gases.

Henry Smith Williams
• Resistance to change of extensity: compressibility, porosity, adhesion, cohesion.

David Allen Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for compressibility

## compressibility

/kəmˌprɛsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the ability to be compressed
2.
(physics) the reciprocal of the bulk modulus; the ratio of volume strain to stress at constant temperature k
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