com·press /kəmˈprɛs/ 及物動詞
Com·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compressed p. pr & vb. n. Compressing.]
1. 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.
Events of centuries . . . compressed within the compass of a single life. --D. Webster.
The same strength of expression, though more compressed, runs through his historical harangues. --Melmoth.
2. To embrace sexually. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce; abridge.
Com·press n. Surg. 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.
n : a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied
firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or
v 1: make more compact by or as if by pressing; "compress the
data" [syn: compact, pack together] [ant: decompress]
2: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the
spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: constrict, squeeze,
compact, contract, press]