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1closely and neatly packed together; dense:a compact cluster of houses having all the necessary components or features neatly fitted into a small space:a compact car (of a person or animal) small, solid, and well-proportioned. (of speech or writing) concise in expression:a compact summary of the play 2 [predic.]
) archaic composed or made up of:towns compact of wooden houses
verb [with object]
exert force on (something) to make it more dense; compress:the soil may be compacted by iron oxide (as adjective compacted)compacted paper waste [no object] (of a substance) become compressed:the snow hardened and compacted archaic form (something) by pressing its component parts firmly together. express in fewer words; condense:the ideas are compacted into two sentences
1a small flat case containing face powder, a mirror, and a powder puff. 2something that is a small and conveniently shaped example of its kind, in particular. 3 Metallurgy a mass of powdered metal compacted together in preparation for sintering.