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com·pact 1

 (kəm-păkt′, kŏm-, kŏm′păkt′)
adj.
1. Closely and firmly united or packed together; dense: compact clusters of flowers.
2. Occupying little space compared with others of its type: a compact camera; a compact car.
3. Brief and to the point; concise: a compact narration.
4. Marked by or having a short solid physique: a wrestler of compact build.
v. (kəm-păkt′) com·pact·ed, com·pact·ing, com·pacts
v.tr.
1. To press or join firmly together: a kitchen device that compacted the trash.
2.
a. To make by pressing or joining together; compose.
b. To consolidate; combine.
v.intr.
To be capable of being pressed tightly together or to become so pressed: garbage that compacts easily.
n. (kŏm′păkt′)
1. A small case containing a mirror, pressed powder, and a powder puff.
2. An automobile that is bigger in size than a subcompact but smaller than a midsize car.

[Middle English, from Latin compāctus, past participle of compingere, to put together : com-, com- + pangere, to fasten; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

com·pact′ly adv.
com·pact′ness n.

com·pact 2

 (kŏm′păkt′)
n.
An agreement or a covenant. See Synonyms at agreement.

[Latin compactum, neuter past participle of compacīscī, to make an agreement : com-, com- + pacīscī, to agree; see pact.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compactness - the spatial property of being crowded together
spatial arrangement, spacing - the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
2.compactness - the consistency of a compact solid
solidity, solidness - the consistency of a solid
density, denseness - the amount per unit size

compactness

noun
The quality, condition, or degree of being thick:
Translations

compactness

[kəmˈpæktnɪs] N [of house, room] → compacidad f; [of style] → concisión f

compactness

[kəmˈpæktnɪs] ncompacité f

compactness

nKompaktheit f; (of style also)Gedrängtheit f; (of print)Dichte f, → Enge f

compactness

[kəmˈpæktnɪs] ncompattezza
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What was to be particularly admired (he said) in the Commons, was its compactness.
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By this means, the whole was bound together with great compactness.
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It was stowed away unfolded in the remotest corner of my pocket, where it was gradually pressed into a beautiful compactness by the other contents, which were knives.