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Noun

Singular
compress

Plural
es

compress (es)
  1. A folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice, etc., used to cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.
    He held a cold compress over the sprain.

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Verb

Infinitive
to compress

Third person singular
compresses

Simple past
compressed

Past participle
-

Present participle
compressing

to compress (third-person singular simple present compresses, present participle compressing, simple past and past participle compressed)
  1. To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.
    The force required to compress a spring varies linearly with the displacement.
  2. To condense or abridge.
    If you try to compress the entire book into a three-sentence summary, you will lose a lot of information.
  3. (computing) To make information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.

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