|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]|
compress com·press (kŏm'prěs')
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.