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COMPRESSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compression mean? 

COMPRESSION (noun)
  The noun COMPRESSION has 4 senses:

1. an increase in the density of something
2. the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
3. encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
4. applying pressure

  Familiarity information: COMPRESSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPRESSION (noun)


Sense 1compression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An increase in the density of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

compaction; compression; densification; concretion

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

concentration (increase in density)


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Meaning:

The process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

contraction; compression; condensation

Context example:

the contraction of a gas on cooling

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

shrinkage; shrinking (process or result of becoming less or smaller)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compression"):

coarctation; constriction (tight or narrow compression)


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Meaning:

Encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

encoding; encryption (the activity of converting from plain text into code)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compression"):

image compression (the compression of graphics for storage or transmission)

Antonym:

decompression (restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display)


Sense 4compression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Applying pressure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

compressing; compression

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

press; pressing; pressure (the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compression"):

squeeze; squeezing (the act of gripping and pressing firmly)

condensation; condensing (the act of increasing the density of something)

compaction; crunch; crush (the act of crushing)

constriction (the action or process of compressing)

Antonym:

decompression (relieving pressure)


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