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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Compress \Com*press"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Compressed}; p. pr & vb. n. {Compressing}.] [L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere to compress: com- + premere to press. See Press.]

1. To press or squeeze together; to force into a narrower compass; to reduce the volume of by pressure; to compact; to condense; as, to compress air or water.

Events of centuries . . . compressed within the compass of a single life. --D. Webster.

The same strength of expression, though more compressed, runs through his historical harangues. --Melmoth.

2. To embrace sexually. [Obs.] --Pope.

3. (Computers) to reduce the space required for storage (of binary data) by an algorithm which converts the data to a smaller number of bits while preserving the information content. The compressed data is usually decompressed to recover the initial data format before subsequent use. [PJC]

Syn: To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce; abridge.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Compressed \Com*pressed"\, adjective

1. Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.

2. (Bot.) Flattened lengthwise.

{Compressed-air engine}, an engine operated by the elastic force of compressed air.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

compressed

adjective

1: pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: {compressed}, {tight}]

2: reduced in volume by pressure; "compressed air"

3: flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes) [syn: {compressed}, {flat}]


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