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com·pact 1

 (kəm-păkt′, kŏm-, kŏm′păkt′)
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
1. To press or join firmly together: a kitchen device that compacted the trash.
a. To make by pressing or joining together; compose.
b. To consolidate; combine.
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

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.]
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1. closely packed together; dense
2. neatly fitted into a restricted space
3. concise; brief
4. well constructed; solid; firm
5. (foll by of) composed or made up (of)
6. (Journalism & Publishing) denoting a tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form
7. (Mathematics) logic (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
8. (Automotive Engineering) US and Canadian (of a car) small and economical
vb (tr)
9. to pack or join closely together; compress; condense
10. (foll by of) to create or form by pressing together: sediment compacted of three types of clay.
11. (Metallurgy) metallurgy to compress (a metal powder) to form a stable product suitable for sintering
12. (Clothing & Fashion) a small flat case containing a mirror, face powder, etc, designed to be carried in a woman's handbag
13. (Automotive Engineering) US and Canadian a comparatively small and economical car
14. (Metallurgy) metallurgy a mass of metal prepared for sintering by cold-pressing a metal powder
15. (Journalism & Publishing) a tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form
[C16: from Latin compactus, from compingere to put together, from com- together + pangere to fasten]
comˈpacter n
comˈpaction n
comˈpactly adv
comˈpactness n


(Law) an official contract or agreement
[C16: from Latin compactum, from compaciscī to agree, from com- together + paciscī to contract; see pact]
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(adj. kəmˈpækt, kɒm-, ˈkɒm pækt; v. kəmˈpækt; n. ˈkɒm pækt)

1. joined or packed together; dense; solid: compact soil.
2. arranged within a relatively small space: a compact kitchen.
3. designed to be small in size and economical in operation.
4. solidly or firmly built: a compact physique.
5. expressed concisely; terse: a compact review of the news.
6. composed or made (usu. fol. by of): a book compact of form and content.
7. to join or pack closely together; condense.
8. to form or make by close union or conjunction; compose.
9. to crush or compress into a tight, solid form: to compact rubbish.
10. a small case containing a mirror, face powder, and sometimes rouge.
11. an automobile larger than a subcompact but smaller than a midsize car.
[1375–1425; < Latin compāctus <compingere to shut away, bind together]
com•pact′ed•ly, adv.
com•pact′ed•ness, n.
com•pact′ly, adv.
com•pact′ness, n.


(ˈkɒm pækt)

a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract.
[1580–90; < Latin compactum,compectum <compactus,compacīscī to make an agreement <com- + pacīscī to secure by negotiation, akin to pāx peace]
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Past participle: compacted
Gerund: compacting

I compact
you compact
he/she/it compacts
we compact
you compact
they compact
I compacted
you compacted
he/she/it compacted
we compacted
you compacted
they compacted
Present Continuous
I am compacting
you are compacting
he/she/it is compacting
we are compacting
you are compacting
they are compacting
Present Perfect
I have compacted
you have compacted
he/she/it has compacted
we have compacted
you have compacted
they have compacted
Past Continuous
I was compacting
you were compacting
he/she/it was compacting
we were compacting
you were compacting
they were compacting
Past Perfect
I had compacted
you had compacted
he/she/it had compacted
we had compacted
you had compacted
they had compacted
I will compact
you will compact
he/she/it will compact
we will compact
you will compact
they will compact
Future Perfect
I will have compacted
you will have compacted
he/she/it will have compacted
we will have compacted
you will have compacted
they will have compacted
Future Continuous
I will be compacting
you will be compacting
he/she/it will be compacting
we will be compacting
you will be compacting
they will be compacting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been compacting
you have been compacting
he/she/it has been compacting
we have been compacting
you have been compacting
they have been compacting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been compacting
you will have been compacting
he/she/it will have been compacting
we will have been compacting
you will have been compacting
they will have been compacting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been compacting
you had been compacting
he/she/it had been compacting
we had been compacting
you had been compacting
they had been compacting
I would compact
you would compact
he/she/it would compact
we would compact
you would compact
they would compact
Past Conditional
I would have compacted
you would have compacted
he/she/it would have compacted
we would have compacted
you would have compacted
they would have compacted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compact - a small cosmetics case with a mirrorcompact - a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
case - a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
2.compact - a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
3.compact - a small and economical carcompact - a small and economical car    
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
Verb1.compact - have the property of being packable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
wad, compact, pack, bundle - compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
2.compact - compress into a wadcompact - compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
compact, pack - have the property of being packable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
puddle - work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
3.compact - make more compact by or as if by pressing; "compress the data"
wedge, squeeze, force - squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner"
tamp, tamp down, pack - press down tightly; "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"
4.compact - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
choke, strangle - constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
prim - contract one's lips; "She primmed her lips after every bite of food"
tighten - become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened"
astringe - constrict or bind or draw together; "Lemon juice astringes the tissue in the mouth"
strangulate - constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
convulse - contract involuntarily, as in a spasm; "The muscles in her face convulsed"
convulse - cause to contract; "The spasm convulses her facial muscles"
bear down, overbear - contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
choke, gag, fret - be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
scrag, choke - wring the neck of; "The man choked his opponent"
Adj.1.compact - closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers"
concentrated - gathered together or made less diffuse; "their concentrated efforts"; "his concentrated attention"; "concentrated study"; "a narrow thread of concentrated ore"
loose - not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel"
2.compact - having a short and solid form or stature; "a wrestler of compact build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a thickset young man"
short, little - low in stature; not tall; "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"
3.compact - briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"
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1. closely packed, firm, solid, thick, dense, compressed, condensed, impenetrable, impermeable, pressed together a thick, bare trunk crowned by a compact mass of dark-green leaves
closely packed loose, scattered, sprawling, dispersed, spacious, roomy
2. small, little, tiny, mini, wee, diminutive, petite, dinky (informal), pocket-sized a compact computer that could be tucked under the arm and carried like a notebook
3. concise, brief, to the point, succinct, terse, laconic, pithy, epigrammatic, pointed The strength of the series is in its concise, compact short-story quality.
concise lengthy, rambling, long-winded, wordy, garrulous, verbose, prolix, circumlocutory
1. pack closely, stuff, cram, compress, condense, tamp The soil settles and is compacted by the winter rain.
pack closely separate, disperse, loosen


noun agreement, deal, understanding, contract, bond, arrangement, alliance, treaty, bargain, pact, covenant, entente, concordat The Pilgrims signed a democratic compact aboard the Mayflower.
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compact 1

1. Having all parts near to each other:
2. Precisely meaningful and tersely cogent:
Informal: brass-tacks.
Idioms: down to brass tacks, to the point.
3. Short, heavy, and solidly built:
1. To subject to compression:
2. To reduce in size, as by drawing together:

compact 2

1. An act or state of agreeing between parties regarding a course of action:
2. A legally binding arrangement between parties:
3. An agreement, especially one involving a sale or exchange:
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إتِّفاق، عَقْدعُلْبَة البودْرَه والمرآهمَضْغُوطمُكْتَنِز، مُتَضام، مَضْغوط
빽빽하게 찬
anlaşmaderli topluküçükpudra kutusuufak ve derli toplu
kết chặt


A. [kəmˈpækt] ADJ (= small) → compacto; (= dense) → apretado, sólido; [style] → breve, conciso
B. [kəmˈpækt] VT [+ snow, earth] → comprimir (into en) (= condense) [+ text, activities] → condensar
C. [kəmˈpækt] VI [snow] → comprimirse
D. [ˈkɒmpækt] N
1. (also powder compact) → polvera f
2. (US) (Aut) (also compact car) → utilitario m
E. [ˈkɒmpækt] CPD compact car N (US) → utilitario m
compact disc Ndisco m compacto, compact m
compact disc player Nlector m de discos compactos


2 [ˈkɒmpækt] N (= agreement) → pacto m, convenio m
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[kəmˈpækt ˈkɒmpækt]
adj (= neatly constructed) [car, camera] → compact(e); [kitchen] → compact(e)
[ˈkɒmpækt] n
(= agreement) → contrat m, entente f
(also powder compact) → poudrier m
[kəmˈpækt] vt (= compress) → compactercompact disc ndisque m compactcompact disc player nlecteur m de disques compacts
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adj (+er)kompakt; style of writing, prose alsogedrängt; soil, snowfest; the print is too compactder Druck ist zu eng, es ist zu eng bedruckt
snow, soilfesttreten/-walzen/-fahren etc
(fig liter) to be compacted of …sich aus … zusammensetzen


(= powder compact)Puderdose f
(US: = car) → Kompaktauto ntor -wagen m
(= camera)Kompaktkamera f


n (form: = agreement) → Vereinbarung f, → Übereinkunft f
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1 [kəmˈpækt] adjcompatto/a
this house is very compact → questa casa è piccola ma funzionale


2 [ˈkɒmpækt] n
a. (agreement) → patto, contratto
b. (also powder compact) → portacipria m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(kəmˈpӕkt) adjective
fitted neatly together in a small space. Our new house is very compact.
(ˈkompӕkt) noun
a small container for women's face-powder. a powder-compact with a mirror.


(ˈkompӕkt) noun
an agreement. The management and trade union leaders finally signed a compact.
ˌcompact ˈdisc noun
(also CD) a disc on which sound or information is recorded.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


مَضْغُوط kompaktní kompakt kompakt συμπιεσμένος compacto tiivis compact kompaktan compatto ぎっしり詰まった 빽빽하게 찬 compact kompakt kompaktowy compacto компактный kompakt กระชับ derli toplu kết chặt 紧凑的
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The optimisation leads to constant compacting and guarantees a constantly compact yarn quality from spinning position to spinning position.
* To establish a central clearinghouse to receive and provide prompt review of insurance products covered under the compact and, in certain cases, advertisements related thereto, submitted by insurers authorized to do business in one or more compacting states;
The NAIC is "very excited about the success of the compact and commend[s] the legislatures, governors and regulators in all the compacting states for understanding the importance of this cooperative interstate initiative," says NAIC President Alessandro Iuppa, Maine insurance superintendent.
The NCSBN established the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) to oversee multistate compacting. The NLCA defined primary residence in the rules and regulations.