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[kuh m-pres-iv] /kəmˈprɛs ɪv/
compressing; tending to compress.
Origin of compressive
1375-1425; late Middle English. See compress, -ive
Related forms
compressively, adverb
noncompressive, adjective
noncompressively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Not only that, the solution marked the birth of a new field, called compressive sampling.
  • Also the compressive horsepower needed to fill them is unbelievably huge.
  • It combines the compressive strength of ordinary concrete with the tensile strength of iron.
  • That's the vertical joints between your vertebrae pressing against one another as their compressive load increases.
  • Instead, the cavity of each shaft was filled with concrete, increasing its weight but also its compressive strength.
British Dictionary definitions for compressive


compressing or having the power or capacity to compress
Derived Forms
compressively, adverb
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