compact (v.) Look up compact at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin compactus, past participle of compingere "to fasten together" (see compact (adj.)). Related: Compacted; compacting.
compact (adj.) Look up compact at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Middle French compact (14c.) or directly from Latin compactus "concentrated," past participle of compingere "to fasten together, construct," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + pangere "to fix, fasten" (see pact). Compact car is 1960. Compact disc is from 1979.
compact (n.1) Look up compact at Dictionary.com
"agreement," 1590s, from Latin compactum "agreement," noun use of neuter past participle of compacisci "come to agreement," from com- "together" (see com-) + pacisci "to covenant, contract" (see pact).
compact (n.2) Look up compact at Dictionary.com
"make-up case," 1921, from compact (adj.), based on its containing compacted face powder.