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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)

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.

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)."