Compressive Com*press"ive, a. [Cf. F. compressif.] Compressing, or having power or tendency to compress; as, a compressive force. [1913 Webster]

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  • compressive — [kəmpres′iv] adj. compressing or tending to compress compressively adv …   English World dictionary

  • compressive — ● compressif, compressive adjectif (de compresser) Se dit d un bandage, d un appareil qui sert à comprimer. Relatif à un processus de compression tectonique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • compressive — compress ► VERB 1) flatten by pressure; force into less space. 2) squeeze or press (two things) together. ► NOUN ▪ a pad of absorbent material pressed on to part of the body to relieve inflammation or stop bleeding. DERIVATIVES compressibility… …   English terms dictionary

  • compressive — adjective Date: 1572 1. of or relating to compression 2. tending to compress • compressively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compressive — compressively, adv. /keuhm pres iv/, adj. compressing; tending to compress. [1375 1425; late ME. See COMPRESS, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • compressive — adjective That compresses …   Wiktionary

  • compressive — com pres·sive || sɪv adj. compacting, condensing; tending to compress …   English contemporary dictionary

  • compressive — com·pres·sive …   English syllables

  • compressive — com•pres•sive [[t]kəmˈprɛs ɪv[/t]] adj. compressing; tending to compress • Etymology: 1375–1425 com•pres′sive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • compressive — /kəmˈprɛsɪv/ (say kuhm presiv) adjective compressing; tending to compress. –compressively, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

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