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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compressed mean? 

COMPRESSED (adjective)
  The adjective COMPRESSED has 3 senses:

1. pressed tightly together
2. reduced in volume by pressure
3. flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)

  Familiarity information: COMPRESSED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

COMPRESSED (adjective)

Sense 1compressed [BACK TO TOP]


Pressed tightly together


compressed; tight

Context example:

with lips compressed


closed; shut (used especially of mouth or eyes)

Sense 2compressed [BACK TO TOP]


Reduced in volume by pressure

Context example:

compressed air


compressible (capable of being compressed or made more compact)

Sense 3compressed [BACK TO TOP]


Flattened laterally along the whole length (e.g., certain leafstalks or flatfishes)


compressed; flat


thin (of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

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