American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Closely and firmly united or packed together; dense: compact clusters of flowers.
- adj. Occupying little space compared with others of its type: a compact camera; a compact car.
- adj. Brief and to the point; concise: a compact narration.
- adj. Marked by or having a short solid physique: a wrestler of compact build.
- v. To press or join firmly together: a kitchen device that compacted the trash.
- v. To make by pressing or joining together; compose.
- v. To consolidate; combine.
- v. To be capable of being pressed tightly together or to become so pressed: garbage that compacts easily.
- n. A small case containing a mirror, pressed powder, and a powder puff.
- n. An automobile that is bigger in size than a subcompact but smaller than an intermediate.
- n. An agreement or a covenant. See Synonyms at bargain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Closely and firmly united, as the parts or particles of solid bodies; having the parts or particles pressed or packed together; solid; dense: as, a compact mass of people.
- In entomology, specifically, compacted or pressed close, as a jointed organ, or any part of it, when the joints are very closely united, forming a continuous mass: as, a compact antennal club; compact palpi.
- Connected or expressed with closeness or brevity, as ideas; hence, of literary style, pithy; terse; not diffuse; not verbose: as, a compact discourse.
- Compacted; joined; held together.
- Composed; consisting; made.
- Synonyms Firm, condensed.
- Terse, sententious, succinct concise.
- n. Structure; frame.
- To thrust, drive, pack, or press closely together; join firmly; consolidate, as the parts which compose a body; condense.
- To unite or connect firmly, as in a system; join the parts of tightly; bring into close junction, as the sheets of a book or other loose materials, by heating, pressure, or the like.
- To make firm or stable; establish firmly; confirm; solidify.
- n. An agreement; a contract between parties; in general, any covenant or contract between individuals, members of a community, or nations.
- United in a compact; leagued; confederated.
- To make a contract or enter into an agreement.
- In petrography, dense without pores: also applied to extremely fine-grained textures in which the individual crystals or grains cannot be seen by the unaided eye: equivalent to aphanitic, cryptocrystalline, and cryptoclastic.
- n. An agreement or contract.
- adj. Closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space.
- adj. Having all necessary features fitting neatly into a small space.
- adj. mathematics Closed and bounded.
- adj. topology Such that every exhaustion of it by (overlapping) open balls has the property that some finitely many of those balls will also cover it.
- adj. topology, of a set Such that every open cover of the given set has a finite subcover.
- n. A small, slim folding case, often featuring a mirror, powder and a powderpuff; that fits into a woman's purse or handbag, or that slips into ones pocket.
- n. A broadsheet newspaper published in the size of a tabloid but keeping its non-sensational style.
- v. transitive To make more dense; to compress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- obsolete Joined or held together; leagued; confederated.
- Poetic Composed or made; -- with
- Closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense.
- Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose.
- v. To thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; -- as the parts which compose a body.
- v. To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.
- n. An agreement between parties; a covenant or contract.
- v. make more compact by or as if by pressing
- n. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
- adj. briefly giving the gist of something
- n. a small and economical car
- v. squeeze or press together
- adj. closely and firmly united or packed together
- v. have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
- n. a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
- adj. having a short and solid form or stature
- v. compress into a wad
- From Middle English, from Latin compāctus, perfect passive participle of compingō ("join together"), from com- ("together") + pangō ("fasten"), from Proto-Indo-European *pag- (“to fasten”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin compāctus, past participle of compingere, to put together : com-, com- + pangere, to fasten; see pag- in Indo-European roots.Latin compactum, neuter past participle of compacīscī, to make an agreement : com-, com- + pacīscī, to agree; see pact. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“There are, of course, all sorts of technical constitutional questions about the ability of one Congress to bind another -- I think that the "compact" is probably not binding -- but we're ultimately talking about the proper relationship between the US and what remains the world's largest colony (i.e., a territory held by a national polity that does not give the territory any participation rights in the national polity itself).”
“SUVs in "compact" spots, squeezing me between like a dinghy sneaking between cruiseliners.”
“Mercury helps produce light in compact fluorescent bulbs and that's been a concern to some consumers worried about the element's toxicity.”
“So to say that a single sentence in the 14th amendment operates as some sort of compressed zip file that clearly and lucidly by its terms overrides whatever in the Constitution appears to run afoul of more modern ideas of the political compact is ludicrous.”
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“I'm sure the city can make it fit, they specialize in compact urban development.”
“Which is why doors usually come in compact materials, that are rarely see-through.”
“It does this by collecting and storing excess energy in compact energy sinks.”
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