• 4 Spliced for compression
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v compress squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
    • v compress make more compact by or as if by pressing "compress the data"
    • n compress a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
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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
    • n Compress (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.
    • Compress To embrace sexually.
    • Compress 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. "Events of centuries . . . compressed within the compass of a single life.""The same strength of expression, though more compressed , runs through his historical harangues."
    • Compress (Computers) to reduce the space required for storage (of binary data) by an algorithm which converts the data to a smaller number of bits while preserving the information content. The compressed data is usually decompressed to recover the initial data format before subsequent use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compress To press or pack together; force or drive into a smaller compass or closer relation; condense.
    • compress To embrace sexually.
    • compress Synonyms To crowd, squeeze.
    • n compress In surgery, a soft mass formed of tow, lint, or soft linen cloth, so contrived as by the aid of a bandage to make due pressure on any part.
    • n compress In hydropathic practice, a wet cloth applied to the surface of a diseased part, and covered with a layer or bandage of dry cloth or oiled cloth.
    • n compress An apparatus in which bales of cotton, etc., are pressed into the smallest possible compass for stowage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Compress kom-pres′ to press together: to force into a narrower space: to condense or concentrate
    • n Compress soft folds of linen, &c., formed into a pad, and used in surgery to apply any requisite pressure to any part: a wet cloth, covered with waterproof, applied to the skin
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere, to compress: com-, + premere, to press. See Press
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. compressāre, com, together, and pressāre, to press—premĕre, pressum, to press.


In literature:

Compressibility of Labour and Intensification of Effort.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
She compressed his neck, and thrust her heels into his sides, so that he could hardly breathe.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
These are usually associated with symptoms of compression in its most typical form, and as a rule prove fatal.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
When the waist is compressed the organs do not receive their full amount of blood.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
Use a separate compress for each eye.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Early gas-engines did not compress the charge before ignition.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
They couldn't compress it!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
His brow was compressed into wrinkles, his dark face, still showing a yellowish pallor, was hard and set.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
The stem is hollow, terete, then compressed, smooth, equal, even, downy at the base.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The tall cylinders were revealed as great flasks of compressed air.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various

In poetry:

The marriage day at length arriv'd,
The Priest bestow'd his blessing:
A clasp of orient pearl fast bound
A zone of amber circling round,
Her slender waist compressing.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
The bosoms of the great and good
With wonder and delight he view'd,
And fix'd his empire there:
Him, close compressing to his breast,
The sire of gods and men address'd,
"My son, my heav'nly fair!
"An Hymn To Humanity To S. P. G. Esp;" by Phillis Wheatley
Silently, with lips compressed,
Pale hands clasped above her breast,
Stately brow of anguish high,
Deathlike cheek, but dauntless eye;
Silently, o'er that red plain, Moved the lady 'midst the slain.
"The Lady Of Provence" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"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
"And my ample form much smaller grew,
By the cold compressed to a drop of dew;
Then down I fell, swift as bounding deer,
And knew no more till I fell right here;
But how I became so like a feather
Is problem I can unravel never.
"The Frost On The Window" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Modulus Video, a provider of MPEG-4 AVC video compression systems for television, has opened the doors to its new world headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.
In this case, NASA is firing up the 5M15, which runs on compressed liquid methane.
Revision of D6261 - 10 Standard Specification for Extruded and Compression Molded Basic Shapes Made from Thermoplastic Polyester (TPES).
X-15-1118 D6261-10 Standard Specification for Extruded and compression Molded Basic Shapes Made from thermoplastic Polyester(TPES): Correct conversion errors and update where needed.
Telairity will make its real-time H.264 HD compression technology available in the form of a motherboard solution that OEMs can use to create next-generation broadcast encoders.
Generally, engine manufacturers suggest a different type of engine oil when their engines have been adapted to run on compressed or liquefied natural gas.
The Coen brothers would like you to say hello to their little compressed-air gun.
Myelopathy can be caused by either intrinsic spinal cord disease or extrinsic compression.
This proton- neutron mix is more readily compressed into a black hole because the strong force that binds nuclear particles is stronger between protons and neutrons than it is between neutrons alone.
We compressed our dinner plans when Peter Rumora called because, after all, this happens only once a year.
A prototype of the nuclear fusion system that relies on coils and compressing magnetic fields to produce energy.
Page 1 of 2 Dell is expanding its storage capabilities with the integration of recently acquired compression and networking technology, particularly from the company's Force10 purchase.
Dell on Monday said it plans to acquire Ocarina Networks, a developer of storage compression and deduplication technology which could give Dell the ability reduce the amount of data customers store across a wide range of devices.
Wiseco has recently released a full line of pistons for the Outlander 400, 500, 650, and 800, as well as standard and high compression pistons for the DS450.
With an overcharged system, the high discharge temperature of 240 degrees is caused by the high compression ratio.

In science:

If the cooling time is much longer than the characteristic time of the compression (i.e., if η ≫ 1), the cooling is negligible, and the compressed parcel behaves as a quasi-adiabatic sound wave.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
Note that some (but not all) image files can be compressed into smaller files without loss if there is a degree of redundancy in the image. This kind of compression is reversible in that the larger files can be reliably reconstructed from the compressed file.
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping
Notice that if v ∈ V (G), then Lv aLv is the compressed random variable by Lv and the compressed random variable has its support contained in {v} ∪ loopv (G), where loopv (G) = {l ∈ loop(G) : l = v lv}.
Diagonal Compressed Random Variables in a Graph W*-probability Spaces
Define v0 (G) denote= Lv0W ∗ (G)Lv0 and we wil l cal l it the v0 the compressed W ∗ -algebra, W ∗ compressed graph W ∗ -algebra.
Diagonal Compressed Random Variables in a Graph W*-probability Spaces
Remark that the v0 -compressed random variables x and y are scalar-valued random variables in (cid:0)W ∗ v0 (G), Ev0 (cid:1) and the compressed moments and cumulants are same as the DG -valued moments and cumulants of x and y over Dv0 G ֒→ DG .
Diagonal Compressed Random Variables in a Graph W*-probability Spaces