Definitions for compactˈkɒm pækt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pactkəmˈpækt, kɒm-, ˈkɒm pækt; kəmˈpækt; ˈkɒm pækt(adj.; v.; n.)

  1. joined or packed together; dense; solid:

    compact soil.

  2. arranged within a relatively small space:

    a compact kitchen.

  3. designed to be small in size and economical in operation.

  4. solidly or firmly built:

    a compact physique.

  5. expressed concisely; terse:

    a compact review of the news.

  6. composed or made (usu. fol. by of):

    a book compact of form and content.

  7. (v.t.)to join or pack closely together; condense.

  8. to form or make by close union or conjunction; compose.

  9. to crush or compress into a tight, solid form:

    to compact rubbish.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. (n.)a small case containing a mirror, face powder, and sometimes rouge.

    Category: Clothing

  11. an automobile larger than a subcompact but smaller than a midsize car.

    Category: Automotive

Origin of compact:

1375–1425; < L compāctus <compingere to shut away, bind together


com•pactˈkɒm pækt(n.)

  1. a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract.

    Category: Government

Origin of compact:

1580–90; < L compactum,compectum <compactus,compacīscī to make an agreement <com-+pacīscī to secure by negotiation, akin to pāxpeace

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compact, powder compact(noun)

    a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse

  2. covenant, compact, concordat(noun)

    a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

  3. compact, compact car(adj)

    a small and economical car

  4. compact(adj)

    closely and firmly united or packed together

    "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"

  5. compact, heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset(adj)

    having a short and solid form or stature

    "a wrestler of compact build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a thickset young man"

  6. compendious, compact, succinct, summary(verb)

    briefly giving the gist of something

    "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"

  7. compact, pack(verb)

    have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

    "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"

  8. pack, bundle, wad, compact(verb)

    compress into a wad

    "wad paper into the box"

  9. compress, compact, pack together(verb)

    make more compact by or as if by pressing

    "compress the data"

  10. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)

    squeeze or press together

    "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. compact(adjective)ˈkɒm pækt

    smaller than average

    a compact car

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compact

    joined or held together; leagued; confederated

  2. Compact

    composed or made; -- with of

  3. Compact

    closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense

  4. Compact

    brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a compact discourse

  5. Compact(verb)

    to thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; -- as the parts which compose a body

  6. Compact(verb)

    to unite or connect firmly, as in a system

  7. Compact(noun)

    an agreement between parties; a covenant or contract

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. compact

    Of a design, describes the valuable property that it can all be apprehended at once in one's head. This generally means the thing created from the design can be used with greater facility and fewer errors than an equivalent tool that is not compact. Compactness does not imply triviality or lack of power; for example, C is compact and FORTRAN is not, but C is more powerful than FORTRAN. Designs become non-compact through accreting features and cruft that don't merge cleanly into the overall design scheme (thus, some fans of Classic C maintain that ANSI C is no longer compact).

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compact' in Adjectives Frequency: #823

Anagrams of compact

  1. Accompt

Translations for compact

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small container for women's face-powder

a powder-compact with a mirror.

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