Compress

Definition of Compress

Com`press´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Compressed ; p. pr & vb. n. Compressing.]
Events of centuries . . . compressed within the compass of a single life.
- D. Webster.
2.To embrace sexually.
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.
n.1.(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.

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