Meaning of COMPRESSION in English
decrease in volume of any object or substance resulting from applied stress. Compression may be undergone by solids, liquids, and gases and by living systems. In the latter, compression is measured against the standard pressure to which an organism is subjectede.g., the pressure of the atmosphere at sea level is the standard, or reference, for most land animals, but the standard for deep-sea fishes and similar specialized forms is the normal pressure of their environment.
Britannica English vocabulary. Английский словарь Британика. 2012