compresscom‧press1 /kəmˈpres/ verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]PRESS to press something or make it smaller so that it takes up less space, or to become smaller 🔊 Light silk is best for parachutes, as it compresses well and then expands rapidly. 🔊 Isobel nodded, her lips compressed.compress something into something 🔊 Snow falling on the mountainsides is compressed into ice. 🔊 The miners used rock drills and compressed air to drive through hard rock.2[intransitive, transitive] to make a computerfile smaller by using a special computer program, which makes the file easier to store or send, or to become smaller in this way 🔊 The program compresses any data saved to the disk.3[transitive]SHORT/NOT LONG to write or express something using fewer words syn condensecompress something into something 🔊 In this chapter we compress into summary form the main issues discussed so far.4[transitive]SHORT/NOT LONG to reduce the amount of time that it takes for something to happen or be donecompress something into something 🔊 Many couples want to compress their childbearing into a short space of time in their married life. —compressible adjective —compression /-ˈpreʃən/ noun [uncountable] 🔊 data compression→ See Verb table
compresscom‧press2 /ˈkɒmpres $ ˈkɑːm-/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 MHa small thick piece of material that you put on part of someone’s body to stop blood flowing out or to make it less painfulcold/hot compress 🔊 Apply a cold compress to the injury.