Definitions of compress

  1. squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the muscle contracted"
  2. make more compact by or as if by pressing; " compress the data"
  3. a cloth pad or dressing ( with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body ( to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
  4. squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the spasm contracted the muscle"
  5. 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.
  6. To embrace sexually.
  7. 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.
  8. To press together; condense.
  9. A soft pad used in surgery to maintain pressure.
  10. Compressive.
  11. A pad of gauze or other material bandaged over a part where it is desired to make compression.
  12. Folded cotton or woolen cloths for pressure on a part.
  13. To press together: to force into a narrower space: to condense.
  14. Folds of linen, used in surgery to make due pressure on any part.
  15. A pad of cloth used in surgery.
  16. To press together; squeeze.
  17. To press together; condense; concentrate.
  18. A device for compressing.
  19. A pad of folds of linen, & c., used by surgeons to press by means of a bandage on any part.
  20. To press together; to force into a narrower compass; to condense.
  21. Folds of soft linen cloth used to cover the dressings of wounds, & c., or to keep them in their proper place and defend them from the air.
  22. To crush or force into a smaller bulk; to press together; to bring within narrow limits; to squeeze.

Usage examples for compress

  1. " You must change the compress every quarter of an hour, and between whiles go out into the open air, and let the fresh breezes fan your bosom- your cheeks look pale. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. There is more power in the compress than any one who is not familiar with its use, can imagine. – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
  3. I compress into it all that my heart has felt, all that one man has suffered during these months of unspeakable horror, and likewise all the joy he experienced when he came to perceive, by rare flashes of light, that humanity still lives, that kindliness still exists, on both sides of the Rhine, the world over. – The Forerunners by Romain Rolland
  4. Emma came with a cold compress and Barbara took it from her hand. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  5. Tom seemed to compress his whole soul into his one eye as he glared hopelessly through the tube at what appeared to him to resemble nothing so much as a sheet of ice with the marks of skates upon it. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. If you would lend them six cents a pound on their compress receipts that would put most of them in the clear, and enable them to hold on a few months for a possible rise in price. – The Desert Fiddler by William H. Hamby
  7. And Ina's sense of responsibility toward Di was enormous, oppressive, primitive, amounting, in fact, toward this daughter of Dwight Herbert's late wife, to an ability to compress the offices of stepmotherhood into the functions of the lecture platform. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  8. Mrs. Carroll, who chanced to be present, was observed to compress her lips firmly. –  by
  9. I placed a wet compress on the throat and chest and had her put to bed, but ordered the bed to be removed further from the window, and the latter partly to be kept open. – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
  10. They compress into it the desires of a lifetime. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  11. The iron projections n n of the large roll B, which work cog- like into the boxes, compress the peat gently and, at last, the eccentric p acting upon the pin z, forces up the movable bottom of the box and throws out the peat- block upon an endless band of cloth, which carries it to the drying place. – Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel by Samuel William Johnson
  12. Now with a cold compress and a rest I ought soon to be all right again. – Will of the Mill by George Manville Fenn
  13. The mass of weaknesses and conceits that compose their being they compress into their ideal mold of man, and then regard the shape as their own. – Home Again by George MacDonald
  14. The subject is so large and many- sided that we have found it difficult to compress within the compass of a single volume anything like an adequate outline of a theme which is at once so varied and interesting. –  by
  15. Let's see if we can find anything in the pantry to make into a compress or fix up an ice bottle. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  16. I will therefore compress as much as possible what I wish to say, and frame my request in a few words. – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell
  17. If it were possible to construct huge gasometers and to draw together and compress within them the whole of the atmosphere, it would have been done long ago, and we should have been compelled to work for them in order to get money to buy air to breathe. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  18. It was all very well the first night, though I slept on the floor of a miserable little hut,- well, I may as well compress it, for I see you know something about it,- in the bed, then, of that little ragged berry girl who lives up on the mountain. – The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories by Lydia Maria Child
  19. It would have required too much time to compress into the compass of one or two sheets a conversation of two hours. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  20. Everything appeared to corroborate this most extraordinary circumstance; it was some time before he could walk without stumbling; he appeared to have no control over his limbs; the attempt to compress his feet into boots caused him great torture, whilst walking drew sighs and groans from him. – Claimants to Royalty by John H. Ingram