Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: compactus, past participle of compingere 'to put together', from com- ( COM-) + pangere 'to fasten'


1 adjective
1 small, 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.
2 packed or put together firmly and closely:
The bushes grew in a compact mass.
3 small, but solid and strong:
a short compact-looking man
compactly adverb
compactness noun [uncountable]

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