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Definitions of compress

  1. To press together; condense. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To press together: to force into a narrower space: to condense. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To press together; squeeze. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. make more compact by or as if by pressing; "compress the data" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To embrace sexually. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To press together; to force into a narrower compass; to condense. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To crush or force into a smaller bulk; to press together; to bring within narrow limits; to squeeze. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. A soft pad used in surgery to maintain pressure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Folds of linen, used in surgery to make due pressure on any part. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. A pad of cloth used in surgery. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A device for compressing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A pad of folds of linen, &c., used by surgeons to press by means of a bandage on any part. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Folds of soft linen cloth used to cover the dressings of wounds, &c., or to keep them in their proper place and defend them from the air. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Compressive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for compress

  1. It was all very well the first night, though I slept on the floor of a miserable little hut,- well, I may as well compress it, for I see you know something about it,- in the bed, then, of that little ragged berry girl who lives up on the mountain. – The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories by Lydia Maria Child
  2. There is more power in the compress than any one who is not familiar with its use, can imagine. – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
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