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English adjective: compact

1. compact closely and firmly united or packed together


SamplesCompact soil.
Compact clusters of flowers.


Similarclayey, cloggy, close-packed, consolidated, heavy, impacted, packed, serried, tight, wedged


See alsoconcentrated


Antonymsloose

2. compact having a short and solid form or stature


SamplesA wrestler of compact build.
He was tall and heavyset.
Stocky legs.
A thickset young man.


Synonymsheavyset, stocky, thick, thickset


Similarlittle, short


Antonymstall

3. compact briefly giving the gist of something


SamplesA short and compendious book.
A compact style is brief and pithy.
Succinct comparisons.
A summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject.


Synonymscompendious, succinct, summary


Similarconcise


Antonymsprolix


English noun: compact

1. compact (artifact) a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse


Synonymspowder compact


Broader (hypernym)case

2. compact (communication) a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action


Synonymsconcordat, covenant


Broader (hypernym)written agreement


Instance hyponymLateran Treaty

3. compact (artifact) a small and economical car


Synonymscompact car


Broader (hypernym)auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar


English verb: compact

1. compact (contact) have the property of being packable or of compacting easily


SamplesThis powder compacts easily.
Such odd-shaped items do not pack well.


Synonymspack


Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupbundle, compact, pack, wad

2. compact (contact) compress into a wad


SamplesWad paper into the box.


Synonymsbundle, pack, wad


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up


Narrower (hyponym)puddle


Verb groupcompact, pack

3. compact (contact) make more compact by or as if by pressing


SamplesCompress the data.


Synonymscompress, pack together


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)force, squeeze, wedge


Narrower (hyponym)pack, tamp, tamp down


Entailpress


Antonymsdecompress, uncompress

4. compact (contact) squeeze or press together


SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.


Synonymscompress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate









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