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COMPACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compact mean? 

COMPACT (noun)
  The noun COMPACT has 3 senses:

1. a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
2. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
3. a small and economical car

  Familiarity information: COMPACT used as a noun is uncommon.


COMPACT (adjective)
  The adjective COMPACT has 4 senses:

1. closely and firmly united or packed together
2. having component parts closely crowded together
3. heavy and compact in form or stature
4. briefly giving the gist of something

  Familiarity information: COMPACT used as an adjective is uncommon.


COMPACT (verb)
  The verb COMPACT has 4 senses:

1. have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
2. compress into a wad
3. make more compact by or as if by pressing
4. squeeze or press together

  Familiarity information: COMPACT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPACT (noun)


Sense 1compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

compact; powder compact

Hypernyms ("compact" is a kind of...):

case (a portable container for carrying several objects)


Sense 2compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

concordat; covenant; compact

Hypernyms ("compact" is a kind of...):

written agreement (a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties)

Instance hyponyms:

Lateran Treaty (the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state)


Sense 3compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small and economical car

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

compact car; compact

Hypernyms ("compact" is a kind of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)


COMPACT (adjective)


Sense 1compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Closely and firmly united or packed together

Context examples:

compact soil / compact clusters of flowers

Similar:

tight (packed closely together)

serried ((especially of rows as of troops or mountains) pressed together)

packed (pressed together or compressed)

impacted; wedged (wedged or packed in together)

dough-like (resembling a mass of dough)

consolidated (forming a solid mass)

close-packed (packed especially tightly)

clay-like (resembling clay)

clayey; cloggy; heavy ((used of soil) compact and fine-grained)

Also:

concentrated (gathered together or made less diffuse)

Antonym:

loose (not compact or dense in structure or arrangement)


Sense 2compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having component parts closely crowded together

Synonyms:

thick; dense; compact

Context examples:

a compact shopping center / a dense population / thick crowds / a thick forest / thick hair

Similar:

concentrated (gathered together or made less diffuse)


Sense 3compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Heavy and compact in form or stature

Synonyms:

heavyset; stocky; thickset; compact; thick

Context examples:

a wrestler of compact build / he was tall and heavyset / stocky legs / a thick middle-aged man / a thickset young man

Similar:

fat (having much flesh (especially fat))


Sense 4compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Briefly giving the gist of something

Synonyms:

compendious; succinct; summary; compact

Context examples:

a short and compendious book / a compact style is brief and pithy / succinct comparisons / a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject

Similar:

concise (expressing much in few words)


COMPACT (verb)


Sense 1compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

compact; pack

Context examples:

This powder compacts easily / Such odd-shaped items do not pack well

Hypernyms (to "compact" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s Adjective


Sense 2compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compress into a wad

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

wad; compact; pack; bundle

Context example:

wad paper into the box

Hypernyms (to "compact" is one way to...):

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compact"):

puddle (work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more compact by or as if by pressing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

compress; pack together; compact

Context example:

compress the data

Hypernyms (to "compact" is one way to...):

force; squeeze; wedge (squeeze like a wedge into a tight space)

"Compact" entails doing...:

press (exert pressure or force to or upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compact"):

pack; tamp; tamp down (press down tightly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4compact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Squeeze or press together

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

constrict; compress; contract; compact; press; squeeze

Context examples:

she compressed her lips / the spasm contracted the muscle

Hypernyms (to "compact" is one way to...):

tighten (become tight or tighter)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compact"):

choke; scrag (wring the neck of)

choke; fret; gag (be too tight; rub or press)

bear down; overbear (contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery)

convulse (cause to contract)

convulse (contract involuntarily, as in a spasm)

strangulate (constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air)

astringe (constrict or bind or draw together)

prim (contract one's lips)

choke; strangle (constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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