compact

A compact is a signed written agreement that binds you to do what you've promised. It also refers to something small or closely grouped together, like the row of compact rental cars you see when you wanted a van.

As a verb, compact means "to compress or squeeze together," like how the garbage truck compacts your bags of trash. Compact, the adjective, describes something that is tightly packed together, like your luggage that is so compact it fits in the overhead compartment. Compact can also describe a brief summary, like a compact explanation of how the universe began that lasted only 10 minutes!

Primary Meanings of compact

1.
adjvn
closely and firmly united or packed together
make more compact by or as if by pressing
a small and economical car
2.
n
a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
Full Definitions of compact
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adj closely and firmly united or packed together

compact soil”
compact clusters of flowers”
Synonyms:
clayey, cloggy, heavy
(used of soil) compact and fine-grained
close-packed
packed especially tightly
consolidated
forming a solid mass
impacted, wedged
wedged or packed in together
packed
pressed together or compressed
serried
(especially of rows as of troops or mountains) pressed together
tight
packed closely together
concentrated
gathered together or made less diffuse
Antonyms:
loose
not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
light
(used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
shifting, unfirm
(of soil) unstable
silty
full of silt
unconsolidated
loose and unstratified
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adj having a short and solid form or stature

“a wrestler of compact build”
Synonyms:
heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset
little, short
low in stature; not tall

adj briefly giving the gist of something

“a compact style is brief and pithy”
Synonyms:
compendious, succinct, summary
concise
expressing much in few words

v make more compact by or as if by pressing

Synonyms:
compress, pack together
Antonyms:
decompress, uncompress
restore to its uncompressed form
Types:
pack, tamp, tamp down
press down tightly
Type of:
force, squeeze, wedge
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

v squeeze or press together

Synonyms:
compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
Types:
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choke, strangle
constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
prim
contract one's lips
astringe
constrict or bind or draw together
strangulate
constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
convulse
contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
convulse
cause to contract
bear down, overbear
contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
choke, fret, gag
be too tight; rub or press
choke, scrag
wring the neck of
Type of:
tighten
become tight or tighter

v compress into a wad

Synonyms:
bundle, pack, wad
pack
have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
Types:
puddle
work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

“This powder compacts easily”
Synonyms:
pack
bundle, pack, wad
compress into a wad
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n a small and economical car

Synonyms:
compact car
Type of:
auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

n a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse

Synonyms:
powder compact
Type of:
case
a portable container for carrying several objects
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n a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

Synonyms:
concordat, covenant
Examples:
Lateran Treaty
the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
Type of:
written agreement
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

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