|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|
|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]|
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