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.)
joined or packed together; dense; solid:
arranged within a relatively small space:
a compact kitchen.
designed to be small in size and economical in operation.
solidly or firmly built:
a compact physique.
expressed concisely; terse:
a compact review of the news.
composed or made (usu. fol. by of):
a book compact of form and content.
(v.t.)to join or pack closely together; condense.
to form or make by close union or conjunction; compose.
to crush or compress into a tight, solid form:
to compact rubbish.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(n.)a small case containing a mirror, face powder, and sometimes rouge.
an automobile larger than a subcompact but smaller than a midsize car.
Origin of compact:
1375–1425; < L compāctus <compingere to shut away, bind together
a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract.
Origin of compact:
1580–90; < L compactum,compectum <compactus,compacīscī to make an agreement <com-+pacīscī to secure by negotiation, akin to pāxpeace
compact, powder compact(noun)
a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
covenant, compact, concordat(noun)
a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
compact, compact car(adj)
a small and economical car
closely and firmly united or packed together
"compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"
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"
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"
have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
"This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
pack, bundle, wad, compact(verb)
compress into a wad
"wad paper into the box"
compress, compact, pack together(verb)
make more compact by or as if by pressing
"compress the data"
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
smaller than average
a compact car
joined or held together; leagued; confederated
composed or made; -- with of
closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense
brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a compact discourse
to thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; -- as the parts which compose a body
to unite or connect firmly, as in a system
an agreement between parties; a covenant or contract
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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
Rank popularity for the word 'compact' in Adjectives Frequency: #823
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Translations for compact
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a small container for women's face-powder
a powder-compact with a mirror.
- عُلْبَة البودْرَه والمرآهArabic
- pó-de-arrozPortuguese (BR)
- die PuderdoseGerman
- polvera de bolsilloSpanish
- جعبه لوازم آرایشFarsi
- महिलाओं के फेस पाउडर के लिए छोटा डिब्बाHindi
- puder u kamenuCroatian
- 휴대용 분갑Korean
- bedak kompakMalay
- جعبه لوازم آرایشPersian
- د آرایش سامان آلاتو بکسPashto
- caixa de pó-de-arrozPortuguese
- pudra kutusuTurkish
- 彩妝用的粉餅Chinese (Trad.)
- سنگھار دانUrdu
- hộp phấn sáp bỏ túiVietnamese
- 带镜小粉盒Chinese (Simp.)
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