• WordNet 3.6
    • adj compact closely and firmly united or packed together "compact soil","compact clusters of flowers"
    • adj compact briefly giving the gist of something "a short and compendious book","a compact style is brief and pithy","succinct comparisons","a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
    • adj compact having a short and solid form or stature "a wrestler of compact build","he was tall and heavyset","stocky legs","a thickset young man"
    • v compact squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
    • v compact make more compact by or as if by pressing "compress the data"
    • v compact compress into a wad "wad paper into the box"
    • v compact have the property of being packable or of compacting easily "This powder compacts easily","Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
    • n compact a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
    • n compact a small and economical car
    • n compact a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair
    • n Compact kŏm"păkt An agreement between parties; a covenant or contract. "The law of nations depends on mutual compacts , treaties, leagues, etc.""Wedlock is described as the indissoluble compact .""The federal constitution has been styled a compact between the States by which it was ratified."
    • Compact Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a compact discourse.
    • Compact Closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense. "Glass, crystal, gems, and other compact bodies."
    • Compact Composed or made; -- with of. "A wandering fire, Compact of unctuous vapor."
    • Compact Joined or held together; leagued; confederated. "Compact with her that's gone.""A pipe of seven reeds, compact with wax together."
    • Compact To thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; -- as the parts which compose a body. "Now the bright sun compacts the precious stone."
    • Compact To unite or connect firmly, as in a system. "The whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
    • compact Closely and firmly united, as the parts or particles of solid bodies; having the parts or particles pressed or packed together; solid; dense: as, a compact mass of people.
    • compact In entomology, specifically, compacted or pressed close, as a jointed organ, or any part of it, when the joints are very closely united, forming a continuous mass: as, a compact antennal club; compact palpi.
    • compact Connected or expressed with closeness or brevity, as ideas; hence, of literary style, pithy; terse; not diffuse; not verbose: as, a compact discourse.
    • compact Compacted; joined; held together.
    • compact Composed; consisting; made.
    • compact Synonyms Firm, condensed.
    • compact Terse, sententious, succinct concise.
    • n compact Structure; frame.
    • compact To thrust, drive, pack, or press closely together; join firmly; consolidate, as the parts which compose a body; condense.
    • compact To unite or connect firmly, as in a system; join the parts of tightly; bring into close junction, as the sheets of a book or other loose materials, by heating, pressure, or the like.
    • compact To make firm or stable; establish firmly; confirm; solidify.
    • n compact An agreement; a contract between parties; in general, any covenant or contract between individuals, members of a community, or nations.
    • compact United in a compact; leagued; confederated.
    • compact To make a contract or enter into an agreement.
    • compact In petrography, dense without pores: also applied to extremely fine-grained textures in which the individual crystals or grains cannot be seen by the unaided eye: equivalent to aphanitic, cryptocrystalline, and cryptoclastic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Compact kom-pakt′ fastened or packed together: firm: close: brief
    • v.t Compact to press closely together: to consolidate:
    • n Compact kom′pakt a mutual bargain or agreement: a league, treaty, or union:
    • adj Compact united: leagued
    • v.t Compact (Shak.) to confirm
    • n Compact kom′pakt (Shak.) league, in bad sense
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  • John Buchan
    John Buchan
    “Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.”
  • Epicurus
    “There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact, liberal majority.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The highest compact we can make with our fellow is --Let there be truth between us two forevermore.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compactum, fr. compacisci, p. p. compactus, to make an agreement with; com-, + pacisci, to make an agreement. See Pact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. compactumcompacisci, from com, with, and pacisci, to make a bargain; cf. pangĕre.


In literature:

Now it had to be rearranged, if possible, be made compact, successful, beautiful.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
It is built up compactly for about six miles, along the east side, and irregularly to Harlem, three miles farther.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
This was breaking the compact, bound as they were not to inflict physical damage.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Have they made a proposal of a compact between States?
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
But the whole is compacted, refined and poured forth in one flood of liquid harmony.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
It was a beautifully equipped, compact machine, and he was justly proud of it.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
She kept to the letter of the late compact, but she evaded its spirit.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
The latter is unusually large, of compact gypsum or alabaster, and quite carefully carved.
"Zuñi Fetiches" by Frank Hamilton Cushing
Besides, you have a knack at keeping the fleet so compact, that it is nearly a single battery.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
At what price would that compact (neutrality) have been kept?
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times

In poetry:

He called his Corporal, Syllable,
To range the scatter'd throng;
And Captain Word dispos'd them well
In bands compact and strong.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
He may live on by compact and plan
When the fine bloom of living is shed,
But God pity the little that's left of a man
When most of his dreams are dead.
"Ghosts of Dreams" by William Herbert Carruth
Do you mean to tell me there should be no fissure?
No glittering, compact drops of dawn?
Do you mean it is wrong, the gold-filmed skin, integument,
shown ruptured?
"PomegranateYOU tell me I am wrong." by D H Lawrence
I labour'd not at any thing exact,
But a short measure, pleasing, and compact,
Which the worst memory might with ease retain,
That heard it only twice, or once again.
"The Author's Letter To A Clergyman, Who Had Desired Him To Put The Catechism Of The Church Of Englan" by Rees Prichard
FULL of life, now, compact, visible,
I, forty years old the Eighty-third Year of The States,
To one a century hence, or any number of centuries hence,
To you, yet unborn, these, seeking you.
"Full Of Life, Now" by Walt Whitman
I listened to the Phantom by Ontario's shore,
I heard the voice arising, demanding bards;
By them, all native and grand—by them alone can The States be fused
into the compact organism of a Nation.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman

In news:

At the heart of Thuraya MediaComms is Thuraya IP, a compact satellite data modem, which is now fully compatible with the media industry's favored broadcast systems More.
3/15 (Mashpee) The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is formally requesting Gov Deval Patrick to enter into compact negotiations as the tribe pushes plans to build a casino in Taunton.
EOS C100 a compact, versatile interchangeable-lens camera designed for independent videographers.
This Compact Has Plenty of Pickup.
For many, a compact truck will provide all the capability they'd need.
Suzuki has entered the compact pickup market with its new Equator .
Suzuki has entered the compact pickup market with its new Equator.
This erratum only applies to volumes 1 and 2 and does not apply to the same code in the compact or full size volumes 1 through 3 (which is listed correctly).
Compact Packaging – Squeezing Every Inch Out of Embedded System Platforms.
Zero-Tail Swing Compact Excavator Kubota Torrance, Calif. Kubota's U17 zero-tail swing compact excavator delivers maneuverability, power and performance, even in the most confined work spaces.
Unlike exoskeletons that have previously been developed, the Ekso device is compact, which makes it much more practical and easier to use.
Phoenix Contact ILC 1x1 compact controllers make advanced control options available to small- and medium-sized systems, including support for Modbus TCP protocol.
The compact Type RC thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) is an ideal replacement of original equipment valve types BI, BBI, CBI, and CBBI, says the company.
Bobcat offers extendable arm for E32, E35 compact excavators.
An extendable arm option is now available for Bobcat Company's M-Series E32 and E35 compact excavators.

In science:

Let E be a locally compact Hausdorff space satisfying the second axiom of countability, B − σ -algebra of Borel subsets and µ a σ -finite measure on (E , B ), such that µ(K ) < ∞ for any compact K ⊂ E .
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
Thus, B(A)\ N (B(A)) is compact as well, hence [Ψ1 ] is a continuous map of a compact space to a Hausdorff space.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Proposition G.1 in Appendix G), that every element of π(U ) × BZ \ G has a compact neighbourhood whose preimage is again compact in U .
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Since U is an open subset of the compact Hausdorff space A, U is locally compact.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
This one sees as follows: im f is compact as a continuous image of a compact set, hence closed.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections