Com*press" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compressed (?); p. pr & vb. n. Compressing.] [L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere to compress: com- + premere to press. See Press.]


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. D. Webster.

The same strength of expression, though more compressed, runs through his historical harangues. Melmoth.


To embrace sexually.



Syn. -- To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce; abridge.


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Com"press (?), n. [F. compresse.] 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.


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