Definitions for: Compress


[n] a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
[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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --D. Webster.

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

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

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


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 any part.

Synonyms: compact, constrict, contract, pack together, press, squeeze

See Also: astringe, bear down, choke, convulse, dressing, foamentation, force, fret, gag, medical dressing, overbear, pack, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate, tamp, tamp down, tighten, wedge

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