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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


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


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



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.


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


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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