Compress: 1. As a noun, a cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held in place for a period of time. A compress can be any temperature (cold, luke warm, or hot) and it can be dry or wet. It may also be impregnated with medication or, in traditional medicine, an herbal remedy. Most compresses are used to relieve inflammation.
2. As a verb, to squeeze or press together. An injury can compress the spinal cord.
verb (used with object) 1. to press together; force into less space. 2. to cause to become a solid mass: to compress cotton into bales. 3. to condense, shorten, or ...
Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary ( kÉ™m-prÄ•s ' ) tr.v. , -pressed , -pressÂ·ing , -pressÂ·es . To press together: compressed her lips. To make more ...
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Definition of COMPRESS. transitive verb. 1: to press or squeeze together . 2: to reduce in size, quantity, or volume as if by squeezing < compress a computer file>
comÂ·press (k m-pr s) tr.v. comÂ·pressed, comÂ·pressÂ·ing, comÂ·pressÂ·es. 1. To press together: compressed her lips. 2. To make more compact by or as if by pressing.