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compress

verb [T] uk   /kəmˈpres/ us  
to press something into a smaller space: Firmly compress the soil in the pot so that the plant is secure. compressed air to make information, a piece of writing, etc. shorter: The course compresses two year's training into six intensive months. I managed to compress ten pages of notes into four paragraphs. to make a computer file use less space when it is stored in the memory of a computer or on a disk, by using a special program: to compress data/files
compressible
adjective uk   /-ɪ.bl̩/ us  
compressible gas

compress

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒm.pres/ us    /ˈkɑːm-/
a thick, soft piece of cloth that is pressed to a part of a person's body to stop bleeding or to reduce pain or swelling: a cold/hot compress
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