compress: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (v.kum-pres'n.kom'pres), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to press together; force into less space.
  2. to cause to become a solid mass: to compress cotton into bales.
  3. to condense, shorten, or abbreviate: The book was compressed by 50 pages.
  1. a soft, cloth pad held in place by a bandage and used to provide pressure or to supply moisture, cold, heat, or medication.
  2. an apparatus for compressing cotton bales.
  3. a warehouse for storing cotton bales before shipment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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