Meaning of COMPACT in English
adjective , noun , verb
■ adjective / kəmˈpækt; ˈkɒmpækt; NAmE ˈkɑ:m/
smaller than is usual for things of the same kind :
a compact camera
using or filling only a small amount of space :
The kitchen was compact but well equipped.
closely and firmly packed together :
a compact mass of earth
( of a person or an animal ) small and strong :
He had a compact and muscular body.
► com·pact·ly adverb
► com·pact·ness noun [ U ]
■ noun / ˈkɒmpækt; NAmE ˈkɑːm-/
( NAmE ) a small car
a small flat box with a mirror, containing powder that women use on their faces
( formal ) a formal agreement between two or more people or countries
/kəmˈpækt/ [ vn ] [ usually passive ] to press sth together firmly :
a layer of compacted snow
adjective and noun senses 1 to 2 verb late Middle English : from Latin compact- closely put together, joined, from the verb compingere , from com- together + pangere fasten.
noun sense 3 late 16th cent.: from Latin compactum , past participle of compacisci , from com- with + pacisci make a covenant. Compare with pact .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005