Meaning of COMPRESSED in English


kəmˈprest sometimes ˈkämˌp- adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of compressen

1. : pressed together : compacted : reduced in volume by pressure : condensed

2. : flattened as though subjected to compression:

a. of plant parts : flattened laterally — often used postpositively

petioles compressed

b. of animals and animal parts : narrow from side to side and correspondingly deep in a dorsoventral direction

the flounders have strongly compressed bodies

— compare depressed

• com·pressed·ly kəmˈprestlē, -sə̇dlē adverb

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