There are 2 definitions of compact in English:

compact1

Syllabification: com·pact

adjective

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpakt, käm-, ˈkämˌpakt
 
 
 
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  • 1Closely and neatly packed together; dense: a compact cluster of houses
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    • Rugosa roses make up a dense, compact hedge at the end of the garden without distracting from the sea view.
    • We snuggled together around the fire we had built, all together in a compact ball around the small flames.
    • Therefore, the shell wall is not compact or dense and is, in fact, poorly defined.
    Synonyms
    dense, close-packed, tightly packed; thick, tight, firm
  • 1.1Having all the necessary components or features neatly fitted into a small space: a compact car
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    • It had to be compact enough to fit in the tight shelf space reserved for impulse buys at the supermarket.
    • Be assured, this latest XJ is compact enough to fit into a normal-size garage, and can easily cope with the tight spaces of multi-storey car parks.
    • The device would fit all sizes of pram or buggy, including three-wheelers, and was compact enough to fit into the overhead lockers on aeroplanes.
    Synonyms
    small, little, petite, miniature, mini, small-scale, space-saving
    informal teeny, teeny-weeny
    little-bitty, itty-bitty; Scottish wee
  • 1.2(Of a person or animal) small, solid, and well-proportioned.
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    • The compact cat made one short, inconceivably fast motion, and the overbearing ferret jerked backward then collapsed to the pavement in a limp heap.
    • The modern bouvier de Flandres is a powerful but compact dog.
    • Overall the sheltie is a compact dog with a moderately long head, the tiniest of ears and an expression of wisdom and kindness.
  • 1.3(Of speech or writing) concise in expression: a compact summary of the play
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    • His writing is compact, there is description and dialogue here, but nothing extraneous to the plot, or plots, of which there are many.
    • Those who wish to read an overview of cancer of the lung will find this concise and compact book very useful.
    • Soon, we have witnessed a compact summary of the scientist's obsessive quest to develop a genetically modified human being.
    Synonyms
  • 2 [predic.] (compact of) • archaic Composed or made up of: towns compact of wooden houses
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    • Canada is a compact of some very different people who have all managed to remain united through their common loyalty to the Crown of Canada.

verb

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpakt, käm-
 
 
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  • 1Exert force on (something) to make it more dense; compress: the soil may be compacted by iron oxide (as adjective compacted) compacted paper waste
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    • The more dense and compacted the snow is the easier it will be to perform slides.
    • I was forced to compact a six-shelf collection of boxes for my impending move and my collection would take up a lot less weight and room if this was implemented sooner.
    • Gasoline or diesel engines drive an eccentric weight at a high speed to develop compaction force and vibrations that compact granular soils.
    Synonyms
    compress, condense, pack down, press down, tamp (down), flatten
    informal smoosh
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a substance) become compressed: the snow hardened and compacted
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    • Some of the most dominating physical features I've ever encountered, a glacier is a vast mass of ice formed from the accumulation of snow that compacts faster than it melts and sublimates.
    • His throat burned for oxygen and he felt his ribs compressing, compacting, and ready to break.
    • This process causes the snow to compact as it slowly diminishes creating a solid crust base and surface.
  • 1.2 archaic Form (something) by pressing its component parts firmly together.
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    • Carried to its extreme, this hypothesis suggests that at one time all the matter of the universe was compacted together.
    • If the anti-universe was compacted together, how can we be on the surface of anything?
  • 1.3Express in fewer words; condense: the ideas are compacted into two sentences
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    • In the way that des Esseintes imagines literature as being compacted into a single chiseled phrase, Huysmans sees the mother as being condensed into the perfection of a prayer that invokes and replaces her.
    • Listening to this astonishing 6-track set is like listening to the entire history of music compacted into short sweet segments.
    • Great music for lazy drives and porch sunsets, like a summer evening compacted into handy CD form.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkämˌpakt
 
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  • 1A small flat case containing face powder, a mirror, and a powder puff.
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    • Looking once more in her compact's mirror, she got out of the limo and ran up to hug him.
    • There were lipstick holders, compacts and mirrors discreetly designed to go inside.
    • Veréd Cosmetiqué's bronzing powder is encased in a beautiful silver compact with a mirror and separate compartment for the brush applicator.
  • 2Something that is a small and conveniently shaped example of its kind, in particular.
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    • If you have a good printer or photo studio, you will hardly be able to tell them from work by a conventional compact.
    • Trumpf will display the VectorMark compact, a valuable tool for various industrial and commercial marking tasks.
    • Used as a family snapshot camera it's on a par with early colour compacts, using cheap colour film and cheap laboratory processing.
  • 2.1 short for compact car.
  • 3 Metallurgy A mass of powdered metal compacted together in preparation for sintering.
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    • Most titanium metal powders currently available in commercial quantities do not have sufficient purity to produce ductile metal compacts.

Derivatives

compaction

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpakSHən/
noun
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  • And it occurred to me that maybe my neck was shrinking too, and that was beginning that compaction.
  • Not only that, there is the question of how to deal with the compaction of material in order to ensure a long lifespan of the project itself.
  • Then interlocking cobble blocks are laid and pressed using a German machine that ensures proper compaction.

compactly

adverb
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  • There is also an interview from 1999 at the back of the book and notes for each of the sixteen selections, all compactly presented in a 472-page book.
  • Again, plenty of flavour, and presented very attractively - compactly and neatly in the centre of a huge plate, looking rather like the food page in an upmarket Sunday supplement.
  • He says what's needed is ‘effective density,’ where people live compactly in relative proximity to the places where they work.

compactness

noun
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  • And what do this brevity and compactness achieve?
  • Welles liked the brevity and compactness, the swiftness and shock of a good short story.
  • I am exhausted, but that ground is in better shape than it has been for years, judging by the compactness of the soil when I started.

compactor

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpaktər, käm-, ˈkämˌpaktər/
(also compacter) noun
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  • These loans are used to purchase equipment such as dumpers, excavators, motor graders, compactors, pavers, cranes, dozers and several more depending on the requirements of the project.
  • Shut down all the trash compactors on the detention level.
  • To avoid this, we are planning to make use of closed compactors.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin compact- 'closely put together, joined', from the verb compingere, from com- 'together' + pangere 'fasten'.

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There are 2 definitions of compact in English:

compact2

Syllabification: com·pact

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkämˌpakt
 
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verb

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpakt, käm-, ˈkämˌpakt
 
 
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  • Make or enter into (a formal agreement) with another party or parties: the Democratic Party compacted an alliance with dissident groups

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin compactum, past participle of compacisci, from com- 'with' + pacisci 'make a covenant'. Compare with pact.

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