from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.
  • adjective (Bot.) Flattened lengthwise.
  • adjective an engine operated by the elastic force of compressed air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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