What does compress mean?

Definitions for compress
kəmˈprɛs; ˈkɒm prɛscom·press

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compressverb

    a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)

  2. compress, compact, pack togetherverb

    make more compact by or as if by pressing

    "compress the data"

  3. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, pressverb

    squeeze or press together

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


  1. Compressverb

    (Computers) to reduce the space required for storage (of binary data) by an algorithm which converts the data to a smaller number of bits while preserving the information content. The compressed data is usually decompressed to recover the initial data format before subsequent use.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Compressnoun

    Bolsters of linen rags, by which surgeons suit their bandages for any particular part or purpose. John Quincy

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I applied an intercipient about the ankle and upper part of the foot, and by compress and bandage dressed it up. Richard Wiseman.

  2. To COMPRESSverb

    Etymology: compressus, Latin.

    Her Neptune ey’d, with bloom of beauty blest,
    And in his cave the yielding nymph comprest. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    There was in the island of Io a young girl compressed by a genius, who delighted to associate with the muses. Alexander Pope.


  1. Compress

    compress is a Unix shell compression program based on the LZW compression algorithm. Compared to more modern compression utilities such as gzip and bzip2, compress performs faster and with less memory usage, at the cost of a significantly lower compression ratio. The uncompress utility will restore files to their original state after they have been compressed using the compress utility. If no files are specified, the standard input will be uncompressed to the standard output. In the upcoming POSIX and Single Unix Specification revision, it is planned that DEFLATE algorithm used in gzip format be supported in those utilities.


  1. compress

    To compress means to reduce in size, volume, quantity, or scope by applying pressure; to make smaller or more compact. In the context of data or files, it refers to the process of reducing the amount of space needed for storage or transmission. Compress can also mean to express an idea or piece of information in a more concise or condensed form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compressverb

    to press or squeeze together; to force into a narrower compass; to reduce the volume of by pressure; to compact; to condense; as, to compress air or water

  2. Compressverb

    to embrace sexually

  3. Compressnoun

    a folded piece of cloth, pledget of lint, etc., used to cover the dressing of wounds, and so placed as, by the aid of a bandage, to make due pressure on any part

  4. Etymology: [L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere to compress: com- + premere to press. See Press.]


  1. compress

    Compress is a Unix shell compression program based on the LZC compression method, which is an LZW implementation using variable size pointers as in LZ78. The uncompress utility will restore files to their original state after they have been compressed using the compress utility. If no files are specified, the standard input will be uncompressed to the standard output.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compress

    kom-pres′, v.t. to press together: to force into a narrower space: to condense or concentrate.—n. Com′press, soft folds of linen, &c., formed into a pad, and used in surgery to apply any requisite pressure to any part: a wet cloth, covered with waterproof, applied to the skin.—adj. Compressed′.—ns. Compressibil′ity, Compres′sibleness, the property that bodies have of being reduced in volume by pressure—the ratio of the amount of compression per unit volume to the compressing force applied.—adj. Compres′sible, that may be compressed.—n. Compres′sion, act of compressing: state of being compressed, condensation.—adjs. Compres′sional; Compres′sive, able to compress.—ns. Compres′sor, anything that compresses; a muscle that compresses certain parts; Compres′sure.—Compressed-air bath, a strong chamber of iron plates in which a patient can sit, and into which air is driven by a steam-engine to any required pressure; Compressed-air motor, any mode of employing air as a motive-power, as in automatic railway-brakes, &c. [L. compressāre, com, together, and pressāre, to press—premĕre, pressum, to press.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. compress

    [Unix] When used without a qualifier, generally refers to crunching of a file using a particular C implementation of compression by Joseph M. Orost et al.: and widely circulated via Usenet; use of crunch itself in this sense is rare among Unix hackers. Specifically, compress is built around the Lempel-Ziv-Welch algorithm as described in “A Technique for High Performance Data Compression”, Terry A. Welch, IEEE Computer, vol. 17, no. 6 (June 1984), pp. 8--19.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. compress

    A pad of soft linen used by the surgeon for the dressing of a wound.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compress in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of compress in a Sentence

  1. Blake Hall:

    We're verifying more than 1 % of the American adult population each quarter, and that's starting to compress more to like 45 or 50 days.

  2. Alex Azar:

    We've got to use the full power of the U.S. government and the private sector here to compress all of those (drug trial) timelines, reduce inefficiency in development and use the power of the U.S. government to produce at risk, scale hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines even while we're running the clinical trials to prove their safe and effective.

  3. Bill Cassidy:

    They're going to need to buy gas from somebody besides the Russians, which means we have to increase production, as do others, we need to compress the timeline by which we can approve pipelines, LNG( liquefied natural gas) export facilities, etc, so that we can actually get the gas to them as soon as possible.

  4. Abraham Lincoln:

    He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

  5. The Family Leader observer:

    They talked about binders – things that compress a girl’s chest to make it appear you don’t have what is there, and they talked about how students can make fake testicles by filling pantyhose with rice and sewing them into their panties.

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  • сгъстявам, сгъстявам се, сбивам, компрес, сбивам се, компримирамBulgarian
  • kompresCzech
  • Kompresse, komprimierenGerman
  • comprimirse, comprimirSpanish
  • pakata, kompressoida, kompressoituaFinnish
  • comprimer, compresse, compresserFrench
  • dlúthaighIrish
  • borogatásHungarian
  • ճզմել, սեղմելArmenian
  • þjappaIcelandic
  • comprimereItalian
  • 要約, 湿布, 圧縮Japanese
  • whakawhāitiMāori
  • verdichten, samendrukken, krimpen, samenvatten, kompres, comprimerenDutch
  • уплотнить, сдавить, компресс, сжаться, сжать, сдавливать, уплотнять, сжимать, сжиматьсяRussian

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