There are 2 definitions of compact in English:

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adjective

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpakt
 
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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, packed close, close-packed, tightly packed, pressed together; thick, tight, firm, solid
1.1Having all the necessary components or features neatly fitted into a small space: this compact car has plenty of boot space
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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, neat, economic of space, fun-size; Scottishwee
British informal dinky
North Americanlittle-bitty
1.2(Of a person or animal) small, strong, 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 (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
 
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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 earth
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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
1.1 [no object] Become compressed by the exertion of force: 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: the foundation of the walls, compacted of Granite and Lime
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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: /ˈkɒmpakt
 
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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 a compact camera: a wide selection of films is available for your 35 mm compact
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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.
3 Metallurgy A mass of powdered metal compacted together in preparation for sintering: strength is then introduced by infiltrating glass into the compact
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  • Most titanium metal powders currently available in commercial quantities do not have sufficient purity to produce ductile metal compacts.

Origin

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

Derivatives

compaction

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

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.

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There are 2 definitions of compact in English:

compact2

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpakt
 
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noun

A formal agreement or contract between two or more parties: they signed a compact with the United States a peace compact
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  • 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.
Synonyms

verb

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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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