- 1Closely and neatly packed together; dense: a compact cluster of housesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Having all the necessary components or features neatly fitted into a small space: this compact car has plenty of boot spaceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a person or animal) small, strong, and well proportioned.More example sentences
- 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 playMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (compact of) • archaic Composed or made up of: towns compact of wooden housesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1Exert force on (something) so that it becomes more dense; compress: the rubbish was taken to the depot to be compacted (as adjective compacted) compacted earthMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Become compressed by the exertion of force: the snow hardened and compactedMore example sentences
- 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: the foundation of the walls, compacted of Granite and LimeMore example sentences
- 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 sentencesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1A small flat case containing face powder, a mirror, and a powder puff.More example sentences
- 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 a compact camera: a wide selection of films is available for your 35 mm compactMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 Metallurgy A mass of powdered metal compacted together in preparation for sintering: strength is then introduced by infiltrating glass into the compactMore example sentences
- Most titanium metal powders currently available in commercial quantities do not have sufficient purity to produce ductile metal compacts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
late Middle English: from Latin compact- 'closely put together, joined', from the verb compingere, from com- 'together' + pangere 'fasten'.
- A formal agreement or contract between two or more parties: they signed a compact with the United States a peace compactMore example sentences
- All the Liberal Party candidates refused to sign the compact.
- In fact, a ‘one license limit’ is a condition of participation among states that are parties to the compact.
- An interstate compact is an agreement between two or more states that allows this practice model.
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late 16th century: from Latin compactum, past participle of compacisci, from com- 'with' + pacisci 'make a covenant'. Compare with pact.