compress

1. verb /kəmˈprɛs/
a) To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.

The force required to compress a spring varies linearly with the displacement.

b) To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format.

Our new model compresses easily, ideal for storage and travel

Ant: expand, decontract, lengthen, uncompress
See Also: compression
2. noun /kəmˈprɛs/
a) A multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc., used to apply to a patients skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.

He held a cold compress over the sprain.

b) A machine for compressing
See Also: compression

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  • Compress — Com press, n. [F. compresse.] (Surg.) A folded piece of cloth, pledget of lint, etc., used to cover the dressing of wounds, and so placed as, by the aid of a bandage, to make due pressure on any part. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Compress —   [engl.], komprimieren …   Universal-Lexikon

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