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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pressed together or into less volume or space.
  • adj. Biology Flattened, especially laterally or lengthwise, as certain leafstalks or the bodies of many fishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pressed tightly together.
  • adj. Flattened, especially when along its entire length.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of compress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.
  • adj. Flattened lengthwise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pressed into narrow compass; condensed; especially, flattened laterally or lengthwise; having the two opposite sides flattened or plane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pressed tightly together
  • adj. flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)
  • adj. reduced in volume by pressure

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