Definition of Compression

1. Noun. An increase in the density of something.

Exact synonyms: Compaction, Concretion, Densification
Generic synonyms: Concentration
Derivative terms: Compact, Concrete

2. Noun. The process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together. "The contraction of a gas on cooling"
Exact synonyms: Condensation, Contraction
Generic synonyms: Shrinkage, Shrinking
Specialized synonyms: Coarctation, Constriction
Derivative terms: Compress, Condense, Condense, Condense

3. Noun. Encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required.
Generic synonyms: Encoding, Encryption
Specialized synonyms: Image Compression, Mpeg
Derivative terms: Compress
Antonyms: Decompression

4. Noun. Applying pressure.
Exact synonyms: Compressing
Generic synonyms: Press, Pressing, Pressure
Specialized synonyms: Squeeze, Squeezing, Condensation, Condensing, Compaction, Crunch, Crush, Constriction
Derivative terms: Compress, Compress, Compress
Antonyms: Decompression

Definition of Compression

1. n. The act of compressing, or state of being compressed.

Definition of Compression

1. Noun. to increase in density; the act of compressing, or the state of being compressed; compaction ¹

2. Noun. the cycle of an internal combustion engine during which the fuel and air mixture is compressed ¹

3. Noun. (computing) the process by which data is compressed ¹

4. Noun. (music) the electronic process by which any sound's gain is automatically controlled ¹

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Definition of Compression

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Medical Definition of Compression

1. Increasing physical pressure on a (vital) structure. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compression

compressed air
compressed gas
compressed sponge
compressed tablet
compressed yeast
compressible cavernous bodies
compression (current term)
compression anaesthesia
compression bandage
compression fracture
compression molding
compression neuropathy
compression of brain
compression of tissue
compression paralysis
compression plating
compression pump
compression ratio
compression retinopathy
compression set
compression syndrome

Literary usage of Compression

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1858)
"Nothing ; even when the means employed prove unsuccessful, as happens aleo occasionally with compression by apparatus. It appears to me that digital ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1897)
"In the first two there was no compression, in the third the nerve was ... compression OF THE CAROTIDS IN EPILEPSY. But it seems to me that the cases are ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1900)
"S64 compression between front and rear wheels of truck 2,5* ... under rear wheel of truck 10137 compression back of wheel 1.830 compression in center of ..."

4. Quality Determinants Of Mammography: Clinical Practice Guideline by Lawrence W. Bassett, R. Edward Hendrick (2004)
"This maneuver results in an improved image of the anterior breast tissue. Mammography Views, compression, RECOMMENDATION: Referring health care providers ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Traumatism and compression of the Spinal Cord Fracture of the spine is commonest in the lumbar region, dislocation in the cervical region, ..."

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