compact

compacts, compacting, compacted
(The adjective and verb are pronounced [[t]kəmpæ̱kt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱mpækt[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) Compact things are small or take up very little space. You use this word when you think this is a good quality.

...my compact office in Washington.

...the new, more compact Czech government.

Derived words:
compactness N-UNCOUNT

The very compactness of the cottage made it all the more snug and appealing.

2) ADJ-GRADED A compact person is small but strong.

He was compact, probably no taller than me...

He looked physically very powerful, athletic in a compact way.

3) ADJ: ADJ n A compact cassette, camera, or car is a small type of cassette, camera, or car.
4) VERB To compact something means to press it so that it becomes more solid. [FORMAL]

[V n] The Smith boy was compacting the trash...

[V n] The soil settles and is compacted by the winter rain.

Syn:
Derived words:
compacted ADJ-GRADED

...a pile of compacted earth.

compaction [[t]kəmpæ̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

Regular forking of beds and borders relieves the compaction caused by rain.

5) N-COUNT A compact is a small, flat case that contains face powder and a mirror.

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • compact — compact, e [ kɔ̃pakt ] adj. et n. m. • 1377; lat. compactus « amassé », de compingere 1 ♦ Qui est formé de parties serrées, dont les éléments constitutifs sont très cohérents. ⇒ dense, serré. Bloc, pâté d immeubles compact. Foule compacte. Poudre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Compact — as used in politics may refer broadly to a pact or treaty; in more specific cases it may refer to: Interstate compact Compact government, a type of colonial rule utilized in British North America Compact of Free Association whereby the sovereign… …   Wikipedia

  • compact — COMPÁCT, Ă, compacţi, te, adj. 1. Care se compune din particule strâns legate între ele; îndesat, dens. ♢ Caractere compacte = litere de tipar groase şi negre; aldine. ♦ (Despre o mulţime, un grup de oameni etc.) Numeros şi des. 2. fig. (Despre… …   Dicționar Român

  • compact — I (dense) adjective arranged within a small space, bunched, close, close knit, close set, close together, closely united, clustered, cohesive, compacted, compressed, concentrated, condensed, consolidated, constricted, constringed, contracted,… …   Law dictionary

  • Compact — Com*pact (k[o^]m*p[a^]kt ), p. p. & a. [L. compactus, p. p. of compingere to join or unite; com + pangere to fasten, fix: cf. F. compacte. See {Pact}.] 1. Joined or held together; leagued; confederated. [Obs.] Compact with her that s gone. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compact# — compact adj dense, *close, thick Analogous words: compressed, condensed, contracted (see CONTRACT vb): concentrated, consolidated, compacted (see COM PACT vb): solid, *firm, hard: *tight Contrasted words: ioose, slack: diffuse, prolix, verbose,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compact — [adj1] condensed appressed, bunched, close, compressed, crowded, dense, firm, hard, impenetrable, impermeable, packed, pressed, solid, thick, tight; concepts 481,483,774 Ant. loose, slack, uncondensed compact [adj2] short, brief boiled down,… …   New thesaurus

  • Compact — Com pact (k[o^]m p[a^]kt), n. [L. compactum, fr. compacisci, p. p. compactus, to make an agreement with; com + pacisci to make an agreement. See {Pact}.] An agreement between parties; a covenant or contract. [1913 Webster] The law of nations… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compact — [kəm pakt′, käm′pakt΄; ] for n., always [ käm′pakt΄] adj. [ME < L compactus, concentrated, pp. of compingere, to fasten together < com , with, together + pangere, to fix, fasten: see PEACE] 1. closely and firmly packed or put together;… …   English World dictionary

  • compact — /ˈkɔmpact, ingl. ˈkəmpækt/ s. m. inv. accorc. di compact disc …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • compact — is stressed on the second syllable as a verb and predicative adjective. As a noun (meaning ‘an agreement’ or ‘a case for face powder’) and as an attributive adjective, the stress is normally on the first syllable, except that it is variable in… …   Modern English usage

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.