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[in-kuh m-pres-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəmˈprɛs ə bəl/
not compressible.
Origin of incompressible
1720-30; in-3 + compressible
Related forms
incompressibility, noun
incompressibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incompressible
  • Liquids are incompressible, so even if the elephant is pressured, can't have so much cider come from the insides.
  • The water above it is incompressible so it gets pushed up bodily.
  • There are many differences between compressible turbulence and the more commonly studied incompressible turbulence.
  • Notice that if the nozzle is of smaller diameter, the velocity of the fluid must increase, since the fluid is incompressible.
  • Hence, the next step was to examine a space-time centered fluxing scheme for incompressible flow.
  • The researchers also found that iridium and ruthenium are as incompressible as rhenium.
  • Water is essentially incompressible, especially under normal conditions.
  • In incompressible flow, the dynamic pressure is the difference between the total pressure and the static pressure.
  • In either case, the fluids may be treated as incompressible or as having limited compressibility.
British Dictionary definitions for incompressible


incapable of being compressed or condensed
Derived Forms
incompressibility, incompressibleness, noun
incompressibly, adverb
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