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Definition of "compact" []

  • Closely and firmly united or packed together; dense: compact clusters of flowers. (adjective)
  • Occupying little space compared with others of its type: a compact camera; a compact car. (adjective)
  • Brief and to the point; concise: a compact narration. (adjective)
  • Marked by or having a short solid physique: a wrestler of compact build. (adjective)
  • To press or join firmly together: a kitchen device that compacted the trash. (verb-transitive)
  • Closely packed together; dense (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Neatly fitted into a restricted space (adjective)
  • Concise; brief (adjective)
  • Well constructed; solid; firm (adjective)
  • Composed or made up (of) (adjective)
  • Denoting a tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form (adjective)
  • (of a relation) having the property that for any pair of elements such that a is related to b, there is some element c such that a is related to c and c to b, as less than on the rational numbers (adjective)
  • (of a car) small and economical (adjective)
  • To pack or join closely together; compress; condense (verb)
  • To create or form by pressing together (verb)
  • To compress (a metal powder) to form a stable product suitable for sintering (verb)
  • A small flat case containing a mirror, face powder, etc, designed to be carried in a woman's handbag (noun)
  • A comparatively small and economical car (noun)
  • A mass of metal prepared for sintering by cold-pressing a metal powder (noun)
  • A tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form (noun)

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Use "compact" in a sentence
  • "The nominally, but not practically, five-seat Juke is built on the Versa platform and gives new meaning to the word compact when related to CUVs."
  • "Kaleidescape has announced a new multi-zone entertainment server in what it calls a compact and affordable package."
  • "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)."