From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcompactcom‧pact1 /kəmˈpækt, ˈkɒmpækt $ kəmˈpækt/ ●●○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1SMALLsmall, but arranged so that everything fits neatly into the space available – used to show approval 🔊 The compact design of the machine allows it to be stored easily. 🔊 The students’ rooms were compact, with a desk, bed, and closet built in.► see thesaurus at small2HARDpacked or put together firmly and closely 🔊 The bushes grew in a compact mass.3SMALLsmall, but solid and strong 🔊 a short compact-looking man —compactly adverb —compactness noun [uncountable]
compactcom‧pact2 /ˈkɒmpækt $ ˈkɑːm-/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1DCBa small flatcontainer with a mirror, containing powder for a woman’s face2a compactcamera3American EnglishTTC a small car4formalAGREE an agreement between countries or people 🔊 A compact was negotiated between the company and the union.
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compact• a two-door compact• One tribe, the Hualapai, closed its casino last year but still has a gaming compact.• Opening her compact, she checked her appearance, and dabbed at her hair.• Claudel stooped, too, and was startled to see her brush a powder compact sideways, sending it under the cab.• So beware the curved top compacts.compactcom‧pact3 /kəmˈpækt/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 PRESSto press something together so that it becomes smaller or more solid 🔊 compacted earth→ See Verb table