Meaning of COMPRESSION in English


kəmˈpreshən noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English compressioun, from Latin compression-, compressio, from compressus (past participle of comprimere to compress) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the act or action of compressing:

a. : restraining , repressing

a stern compression of all emotion

b. : condensing, concentrating

the poet's compression of form and content


(1) : the process of compressing the working substance in a heat engine (as the fuel mixture in a cylinder of an internal-combustion engine prior to the explosion)

(2) : compression ratio

d. : passage of larval stages within the egg whether due to accelerated development or to prolongation of the period preceding hatching

e. : subjection of a workman to compressed air in an air lock before he goes into a caisson to work

2. : the quality or state of being compressed, pressed in, together, or upon or of being concentrated or condensed

the compressions of tyranny

a novel showing admirable compression of phrase and idea

3. : the result of being compressed: as

a. : indentation , hollow , dent ; especially : the effect of a compressive force upon a body part

compression of an artery by forceps

compression of the brain by the bones in a depressed fracture

b. : fossil plant remains that have been somewhat flattened by the vertical pressure of overlying strata


(1) : the shortening produced in a body by a longitudinal compressive force (as a load applied to a short column)

(2) : this shortening per unit of length

(3) : fractional decrease of volume due to pressure

(4) : compressive stress

d. : the reduction of the volume range of an incoming radio signal whether purposely in order to counteract signal fading or distortion or because of some defect in the circuit

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