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compress (v.)

late 14c., "to press or pack (something) together, force or drive into a smaller compass," from Old French compresser "compress, put under pressure," from Late Latin compressus, past participle of  compressare "to press together," frequentative of comprimere "to squeeze," from com "with, together" (see com-) + premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress" (from PIE root *per- (4) "to strike"). Related: Compressed; compressing. Compressed air is attested from 1660s.

compress (n.)

1590s in the surgical sense of "soft mass of linen or other cloth to press against some part of the body (with the aid of a bandage)," from compress (v.).

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Definitions of compress
1
compress (v.)
make more compact by or as if by pressing;
compress the data
Synonyms: compact / pack together
compress (v.)
squeeze or press together;
she compressed her lips
2
compress (n.)
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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