Definition of Compress

1. Noun. A cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever).

Generic synonyms: Dressing, Medical Dressing
Terms within: Fomentation

2. Verb. Make more compact by or as if by pressing. "Compress the data"
Exact synonyms: Compact, Pack Together
Entails: Press
Generic synonyms: Force, Squeeze, Wedge
Specialized synonyms: Pack, Tamp, Tamp Down
Derivative terms: Compaction, Compressing, Compression
Antonyms: Decompress

3. Verb. Squeeze or press together. "The spasm contracted the muscle"

Definition of Compress

1. v. t. 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.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Compress

1. Verb. (transitive) To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To condense into a more economic, easier format. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To abridge. ¹

5. Verb. (technology) (transitive) To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits. ¹

6. Noun. A multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc., used to apply to a patient's skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury. ¹

7. Noun. A machine for compressing ¹

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Definition of Compress

1. to compact [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: compact

Medical Definition of Compress

1. Cloth (or another material) applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held in place for a period of time. A compress can be any temperature (cold, luke arm, or hot) and it can be dry or wet. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Compress

comprehensive dental care
comprehensive health care
comprehensive medical care
comprehensive school
comprehensive schools
comprehensive wetland determination
compress (current term)
compressed air
compressed gas
compressed sponge
compressed tablet
compressed yeast
compressible cavernous bodies

Literary usage of Compress

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1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1908)
"An Oklahoma compress company, though financially embarrassed, cannot lease its entire property and good will to a foreign corporation, with a covenant to ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1907)
"After delivery on the platform, and after the ship. per had procured the written acknowledgment of the receipt of tha cotton by the compress company, ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1909)
"and further pleaded the contributory negligence of the compress company, alleging that it permitted large quantities of loose cotton to be exposed on the ..."

4. An Epitome of Hydrotherapy for Physicians, Architects and Nurses by Simon Baruch (1920)
"latter event great benefit will accrue from allowing the compress to remain two hours and wringing it less, thus converting the compress into a soothing ..."

5. The Diseases of infancy and childhood by Henry Koplik (1918)
"Cold Chest compress.—Three layers of linen are cut so that they will envelop ... On the outside of this linen compress there should be a compress of Shaker ..."

6. Manual for the Medical Department of the United States Navy by United States, Bureau of medicine and surgery, United States Navy. Medical Dept (1917)
"Apply a compress to each wound. 1010. Spécial wounds: Illustrate the application of the compress in the first- aid package to a wound of the forearm. ..."

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