• 4 Spliced for compression
    4 Spliced for compression
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj compressed reduced in volume by pressure "compressed air"
    • adj compressed pressed tightly together "with lips compressed"
    • adj compressed flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ice plant compression pumps Ice plant compression pumps

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As an iceberg melts, it makes a fizzing sound because of the compressed air bubbles popping in the ice
    • Compressed (Bot) Flattened lengthwise.
    • Compressed Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compressed Pressed into narrow compass; condensed; especially, flattened laterally or lengthwise; having the two opposite sides flattened or plane. Specifically— In zoology: Pressed together from side to side, and therefore narrower than high: as, the compressed body of a fish; a compressed bill of a bird: opposed to depressed.
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.”
  • Robert Burchfield
    Robert Burchfield
    “The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “The essence of a quote is the compression of a mass of thought and observation into a single saying.”


In literature:

It is about the size of a starling, with a short, compressed and curved bill, having several deep furrows along its sides.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Compress it above the wound.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
It was highly inflammable, yet could stand terrific compression without effect.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne
The roller crushed clods and compressed the soil, leaving a firm, compact seed bed.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Get him there sharp, and do what you can with wet sheets and compresses.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Her lips were compressed into a thin tight line.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
Sodic hydroxide (0.4 gramme) compressed tablets.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Loosely packed, without compression, the food will remain free, will not stick to its wrapper.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It is wonderful how much thought will compress itself into a minute.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
Her face wore a look of abstraction and she compressed her lips poutingly.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Beth compressed her lips, and looked at the rising tide.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The suggestion of compression is on the contrary consistent with the main features of Swiss geography.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
He cut out the switch and the motor stopped with minor hissings of compression.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
His bear-trap mouth was compressed in a determined evil line.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
The hiss of compressed air sprang from her stern.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
When he says "God was born," he is compressing two statements into one.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
There followed a moment of suspense as the compressed air, with a hissing sound, rushed into the tubes.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
Their rifles hissed as the compressed gases were released, the explosive bullets crackled all around Gerry.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
It is a peculiarity of air to become heated when it is compressed, and cooled when it is allowed to expand again.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
She compressed her lips tightly.
"Landolin" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

Gather, heart, all thoughts that drift;
Be steel, soul.
Compress thyself
Into a round, bright whole.
"The Assault" by Robert Nichols
Few there are without possessing
Some good virtue in their heart,
Whence, beneath love's soft compressing,
As from flowers, sweet perfumes start.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels
"Cold, cold, and hush'd, is that fond, faithful breast;
Oh! of the breath of God too much was there!
It swell'd, aspired, it could not be compress'd —
But gain'd a bliss fair nature could not bear.
"Zophiel’s Lament Over Altheetor" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Behind him Davy did his best,
With hopeless eye and lip compressed:
Beat by a snow-shoe length at most, They flash and pass the winning-post.
The maiden said, "I'll gladly wed
The youth who in this race has led."
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Her highest leap had come: with ease
She jumped to reach the Bishop's knees:
Compressing tight her arms and lips,
She sought to jump the Bishop's hips:
Her aim flew at his apron-band,
That he might see and understand.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Ah, what life is here compressed,
Frozen into endless rest!
Down through springing blades and spires,
Down through mines, and crypts, and caves,
Still graves on graves, and graves on graves,
Down to earth's most central fires.
"Resurgam" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

A Joan Didion book is like a pearl: compressed, beautiful, and hard as a rock.
According to Shuji Mochida, Lattice 's technical director, XVL is ideal for "large-scale design review sessions involving multiple CAD files," in part because of its effective compression algorithm.
Transverse (above) and anteroposterior (below) MRI showing compression and displacement of the rectum by the gluteal lipoma .
ALISO VIEJO, CA — VidOvation ( and NuMedia Technology have partnered to give away a DP400 1.5G HD-SDI to 270M SDI Dirac Pro visually lossless standalone compression systems.
The system uses Dirac Pro wavelet compression to convert 1.5Gbps HD-SDI video into a 270Mbps signal.
Sometimes a poem compresses something large into its most direct, plain and minimal essence.
AAOS Clinical Guideline for Treating Spinal Compression Fractures Presents More Questions Than Answers for Medical Community .
Compressed Sensing Allows Super-Resolution Microscopy Imaging of Live Cell Structures.
Sees promise in Ambarella, whose video compression chip is inside Sony's Webby camera.
Last month we introduced the idea that compressed-air usage is one of the first places any manufacturer should look to reduce energy cost.
The new model adds reverb, compression, tuner and enhanced modulation effects, and offers 40 amp models (including four bass amps), promising improved tube emulation, presence and tonal accuracy.
Modulus Video, Inc, a leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC video compression systems, announced that its ME6000 is the first high definition (HD) MPEG-4 AVC video encoder to be certified for the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatments of compressed nerve.
ITC (Instant Tool-less Connector) announces its new series of nickel- plated connectors as a complement to its gold- plated series and an alternative to soldering or compression systems.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont bills its XE-30 pad- printing press as the most powerful machine yet, capable of producing 4000 Newton meters of pad compression.

In science:

The slowest were the compressed to compressed runs, with an average of 7.2 seconds.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
We will present a special-purpose class of compression algorithms for efficient compression of Prolog programs.
Efficient Compression of Prolog Programs
It is a dictionary-based compression method, specially designed for the compression of Prolog code, and therefore we name it PCA (Prolog Compression Algorithm).
Efficient Compression of Prolog Programs
The torus component of F that compresses in the complement of F bounds a solid torus W on the side on which the compressing disk lies.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
Case 1: ¶N does not compress in V − N If ¶N doesn’t compress in S3 − N either, then the first conclusion holds vacuously.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
Case 2: ¶N compresses in V − N The proof is by contradiction: Choose an essential curve ℓ ⊂ ¶N and a compressing disk D for ¶N in V − N so that ℓ bounds a disk Dℓ in S3 − N but does not bound a disk in V − N and, among all such choices of ℓ, Dℓ , D, |D ∩ Dℓ | is minimal.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
Eventually some compression Di will compress T1 to a sphere; if Di ⊂ W1 then we could have done Di before D1 , making D1 (coplanar to Di ) redundant, and thereby reduced the number of compressions.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
We have already seen that D3 can’t compress T2 , else the number of compressions could be reduced.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
In this case there is not necessarily symmetry between D1 and D2 , but the argument of Lemma 7.3 still applies if the compression disk for T3 lies on the X - side rather than the Y -side or if T2 compresses before T3 .
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
If ¶J lies on T1 then it is parallel to the disk Di that eventually compresses T1 so we may as well do that compression before D1 , making D1 redundant and so reducing the number of compressions.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
If the compressing disk Di that eventually compresses T1 lies on the X side, then Di ⊂ W1 (and W1 is a solid torus).
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
This compression, together with the compression via the meridian of WJ , ¶-reduces Y to one or two components, each with a torus boundary.
Generalized Property R and the Schoenflies Conjecture
The extractor acts as a compressor that compresses the input sequence close to its optimal compression ratio under the resource bound ∆, which is precisely the ∆-dimension of the sequence.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
Viewing R as a compressed version of S , ρ− M (S, R) and ρ+ M (S, R) are respectively the bestand worst-case compression ratios as M decompresses R into S .
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
The following lemma shows two senses in which the composition of two oracle Turing machines in a transitive Turing reduction bounds the compression ratio of the transitive reduction below the product of the compression ratios of the two original reductions.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression