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.
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compress• The engine's efficiencydepends on the effective compression of gas in all its cylinders.• Applycoldcompresses and take aspirin or another nonprescription pain reliever if necessary, says KleinSchwartz.• For recentinjuries such as sprains, bruises, swellings, inflammation and headaches, cold compresses are recommended.• Mud-Pony-Boy healed the horse with lovingcare and herbalcompresses for the injuredfoot.• Other doctors were puttingcompresses of salinesolution on the worstburns.• Her hand touched the compress on his head tentatively.• The compresses can be used hot or cold according to the condition being treated.cold/hot compress• For a cold compress, use exactly the same method, but with icy cold water.• She said that putting him on bute straight away would reduce the inflammation and alternate hot and cold compresses would also help.• Apply cold compresses and take aspirin or another nonprescription pain reliever if necessary, says KleinSchwartz.• For recent injuries such as sprains, bruises, swellings, inflammation and headaches, cold compresses are recommended.• He came back with the basin of cold water and put more cold compresses on her ankle.• Why were there no hot compresses on his limbs?• Cold or hot compresses and/or a gentlemassage may bring some relief.• Abscesses can be hastened to burst by fermenting the swollen painful area with hot compresses.From Longman Business Dictionarycompresscom‧press /kəmˈpres/ verb [transitive]COMPUTING to make a computer file smaller, so that it takes up less space and is easier to store or sendCompressing data reduces storage and communication costs. → comparedecompress→ See Verb table