Definitions for: Compact


[n] a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
[n] a small and economical car
[n] a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
[adj] closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"
[adj] closely crowded together; "a compact shopping center"; "a dense population"; "thick crowds"
[adj] briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
[adj] heavy and compact in form or stature; "a wrestler of compact build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a thick middle-aged man"; "a thickset young man"
[v] squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the muscle contracted"
[v] make more compact by or as if by pressing; "compress the data"
[v] compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box"
[v] have the property of being packable or compactable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com*pact" (k[o^]m*p[a^]kt"), 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 together.
--Peacham.

2. Composed or made; -- with of. [Poetic]

A wandering fire, Compact of unctuous vapor.
--Milton.

3. Closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid
bodies; firm; close; solid; dense.

Glass, crystal, gems, and other compact bodies.
--Sir I.
Newton.

4. Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a
compact discourse.

Syn: Firm; close; solid; dense; pithy; sententious.


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 stone.
--Blackstone.

2. To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.

The whole body fitly joined together and compacted
by that which every joint supplieth. --Eph. iv. 16.


Com"pact, 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. --Blackstone.

Wedlock is described as the indissoluble compact.
--Macaulay.

The federal constitution has been styled a compact
between the States by which it was ratified. --Wharton.

Syn: See Covenant.


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Synonyms: bundle, clayey, cloggy, close-packed, compact car, compendious, compress, concise, concordat, consolidated, constrict, contract, covenant, dense, fat, heavy, heavyset, impacted, pack together, packed, powder compact, press, serried, squeeze, stocky, succinct, summary, thick, thickset, tight, wad, wedged

Antonyms: loose

See Also: arrange, astringe, auto, automobile, be, bear down, bundle off, car, case, choke, concentrated, convulse, force, fret, gag, machine, motorcar, overbear, pack, prim, puddle, scrag, set up, strangle, strangulate, tamp, tamp down, tighten, wedge, written agreement

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