Com*pact" (k&obreve;m*păkt"), p. p. &
a [L. compactus, p. p. of compingere to
join or unite; com- + pangere to fasten, fix: cf.
F. compacte. See Pact.] 1.
Joined or held together; leagued; confederated. [Obs.]
"Compact with her that's gone." Shak.
A pipe of seven reeds, compact with wax
2. Composed or made; -- with
A wandering fire,
Compact of unctuous vapor.
3. Closely or firmly united, as the
particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense.
Glass, crystal, gems, and other compact
Sir I. Newton.
4. Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not
verbose; as, a compact discourse.
Syn. -- Firm; close; solid; dense; pithy;
Com*pact", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Compacted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Compacting.] 1. To thrust, drive, or
press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make
close; -- as the parts which compose a body.
Now the bright sun compacts the precious
2. To unite or connect firmly, as in a
The whole body fitly joined together and
compacted by that which every joint supplieth.
Eph. iv. 16.
n. [L. compactum, fr. compacisci,
p. p. compactus, to make an agreement with; com- +
pacisci to make an agreement. See Pact.] An
agreement between parties; a covenant or contract.
The law of nations depends on mutual
compacts, treaties, leagues, etc.
Wedlock is described as the indissoluble
The federal constitution has been styled a
compact between the States by which it was ratified.
Syn. -- See Covenant.