adjectiveAmerican English: /kəmˈpækt/ British English: /kəmˈpakt/
- 1 (small and neat)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.
- 2 (tightly packed)(soil)
- 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.
- 3 (concise)(style of writing)
- 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.
transitive verbAmerican English: /kəmˈpækt/ British English: /kəmˈpakt/
- (usually passive)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.
nounAmerican English: /ˈkɑmˌpækt/ British English: /ˈkɒmpakt/
- 1 (container) (powder) compactExample 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.
- 2compact (car) (US)coche (masculine) compactoExample 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 (agreement) [formal]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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