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- A folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice, etc., used to 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.
- 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.
- To condense or abridge.
If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Com*press" (?), v. t. [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.
The same strength of expression, though more
compressed, runs through his historical harangues.
2. To embrace sexually. [Obs.]
Syn. -- To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce;
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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