Meaning of COMPACT in English


I. kəm-ˈpakt, käm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ adjective

Etymology: Middle English, firmly put together, from Latin compactus, from past participle of compingere to put together, from com- + pangere to fasten — more at pact

Date: 14th century

1. : predominantly formed or filled : composed , made


a. : having a dense structure or parts or units closely packed or joined

a compact woolen

compact bone

b. : not diffuse or verbose

a compact statement

c. : occupying a small volume by reason of efficient use of space

a compact camera

a compact formation of troops

d. : short-bodied, solid, and without excess flesh

3. : being a topological space and especially a metric space with the property that for any collection of open sets which contains it there is a subset of the collection with a finite number of elements which also contains it

• com·pact·ly -ˈpak(t)-lē, -ˌpak(t)- adverb

• com·pact·ness -ˈpak(t)-nəs, -ˌpak(t)- noun

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to make up by connecting or combining : compose


a. : to knit or draw together : combine

b. : to press together : compress

intransitive verb

: to become compacted

• com·pact·ible -ˈpak-tə-bəl, -ˌpak- adjective

• com·pac·tor also com·pact·er -ˈpak-tər, -ˌpak- noun

III. ˈkäm-ˌpakt noun

Date: 1601

: something that is compact or compacted:

a. : a small cosmetic case (as for compressed powder)

b. : an automobile smaller than an intermediate but larger than a subcompact

IV. ˈkäm-ˌpakt noun

Etymology: Latin compactum, from neuter of compactus, past participle of compacisci to make an agreement, from com- + pacisci to contract — more at pact

Date: 1591

: an agreement or covenant between two or more parties

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