compress
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin compressare to press hard, frequentative of Latin comprimere to compress, from com- + premere to press — more at press Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to press or squeeze together 2. to reduce in size, quantity, or volume as if by squeezing <
compress a computer file
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intransitive verb to undergo compression Synonyms: see contract II. noun Etymology: Middle French compresse, from compresser to compress, from Late Latin compressare Date: 1599 1. a folded cloth or pad applied so as to press upon a body part 2. a machine for compressing

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  • Compress — Com*press , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compressed}; p. pr & vb. n. {Compressing}.] [L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere to compress: com + premere to press. See Press.] 1. To press or squeeze together; to force into a narrower compass; to reduce the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compress — com‧press [kəmˈpres] verb [transitive] COMPUTING to make a computer file smaller, so that it takes up less space and is easier to store or send: • Compressing data reduces storage and communication costs. compare decompress * * * compress UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • compress — (v.) late 14c., to press (something) together, from O.Fr. compresser compress, put under pressure, from L. compressare to press together, frequentative of comprimere to squeeze, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + premere to press (see PRESS …   Etymology dictionary

  • Compress — Com press, n. [F. compresse.] (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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compress — index abridge (shorten), abstract (summarize), cohere (adhere), concentrate (consolidate) …   Law dictionary

  • Compress —   [engl.], komprimieren …   Universal-Lexikon

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