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.
1. Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.
2. Bot. Flattened lengthwise.
Compressed-air engine, an engine operated by the elastic force of compressed air.
adj 1: pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: tight]
2: reduced in volume by pressure; "compressed air"
3: flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain
leafstalks or flatfishes) [syn: flat]