One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of compressing or being compressed.
force, physical force, load, stress, thrustView synonyms
- ‘Treatment should be initiated as soon as spinal cord compression is diagnosed.’
- ‘The most common causes of this syndrome are extrinsic compression of the superior vena cava and intraluminal venous thrombosis.’
- ‘He also measured the amount of heat released during the compression and expansion of gases.’
- ‘Lossless data compression is used for data that must not be changed even a single bit.’
- ‘Suspension bridges deal with compression by focusing it through the cables into to towers.’
- ‘Likewise, there is tension or relief from compression in the upper portion of the cell.’
- ‘And what about that new video compression technology that will allow us to receive full-screen video over the Net?’
- ‘Metastatic disease in the lumbar area can cause spinal cord compression.’
- ‘One way to mitigate the packet loss problem is through lossless data compression.’
- ‘Good healthy heart muscle is there but cannot function properly because of compression.’
- ‘The deformation energy for stretching is smaller than for comparable compression.’
- ‘There was no reduction in the incidence of spinal cord compression.’
- ‘Such compression may be beneficial in reducing transmission time over the Internet.’
- ‘The performance of an ABI is important for ruling out significant arterial occlusive disease before applying compression.’
- ‘The compression of sea water under pressure is significant.’
- ‘A hematoma usually results from multiple punctures and failure to apply adequate compression on the injured vessel.’
- ‘The added bonus of lossless audio compression is a boon for people who have good speakers and good ears.’
- ‘To reach high surface pressures, the rate of compression must then exceed the rate of collapse.’
- ‘By far, the most interoperable video compression technology in use today is MPEG, the Moving Pictures Experts Group.’
- ‘Upon compression, the fluorescent rims became broader and the dark areas smaller.’
- 1.1 The reduction in volume (causing an increase in pressure) of the fuel mixture in an internal combustion engine before ignition.
shortening, reduction, cutting, cutting down, cutting short, contraction, condensation, abridgement, truncation, clipping, cropping, paring down, pruning, shrinking, constricting, telescopingView synonyms
- ‘The high temperature of the air, caused by the extreme compression, ignites the fuel.’
- ‘The variable-geometry turbocharger ensures plenty of compression when needed.’
- ‘Now all you hear is the high pitched whine of the diesel engine in high compression.’
- ‘The greater the compression of a diesel engine, the greater its power.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin compressio(n-), from comprimere ‘press together’ (see compress).
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