compress

The noun compress refers to a pad that's held to your body to reduce pain or symptoms of illness. A washcloth dipped in cold water and pressed onto your forehead to help you cool down is a type of compress.

As a verb, compress means to squeeze together with a fair amount of pressure. When you compress a sponge to get all the water out, you press it between your palms or squish it between your fingers. Compress can also mean to make something more compact — as with the sponge, when you compress an object it gets smaller. You could even compress a speech by cutting it down into a shorter but equally effective version.

Primary Meanings of compress

1.
v
squeeze or press together
2.
n
a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
Full Definitions of compress
1

v squeeze or press together

“she compressed her lips”
Synonyms:
compact, 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 make more compact by or as if by pressing

compress the data”
Synonyms:
compact, 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
2

n a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)

Type of:
dressing, medical dressing
a cloth covering for a wound or sore

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