Meaning of COMPACT in English


1. adj., v., & n.


1. closely or neatly packed together.

2 (of a piece of equipment, a room, etc.) well-fitted and practical though small.

3 (of style etc.) condensed; brief.

4 (esp. of the human body) small but well-proportioned.

5 (foll. by of) composed or made up of.

1. join or press firmly together.

2 condense.

3 (usu. foll. by of) compose; make up.


1. a small, flat, usu. decorated, case for face-powder, a mirror, etc.

2 an object formed by compacting powder.

3 US a medium-sized motor car.

Phrases and idioms:

compact disc a disc on which information or sound is recorded digitally and reproduced by reflection of laser light.


compaction n. compactly adv. compactness n. compactor n.

Etymology: ME f. L compingere compact- (as COM-, pangere fasten) 2. n. an agreement or contract between two or more parties.

Etymology: L compactum f. compacisci compact- (as COM-, pacisci covenant): cf. PACT

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.