compact

I UK [ˈkɒmpækt] / UK [kəmˈpækt] / US [kəmˈpækt] / US [ˈkɑmˌpækt] adjective *
1) smaller than most things of the same kind

a compact car/camera

a) small but arranged in a way that uses space very effectively

a compact flat above the garage

b) small and with only small spaces between parts

a compact bundle/mass

c) a compact person is physically small but looks strong
2) expressed clearly using few words

Derived word:
compactly
adverb
II UK [kəmˈpækt] / US verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "compact":
present tense I/you/we/they compact he/she/it compacts present participle compacting past tense compacted past participle compacted
to make something smaller or firmer by pressing it, or to become smaller or firmer in this way

Years of heavy use have compacted the soil.

The snow compacts and forms a solid layer.


III UK [ˈkɒmpækt] / US [ˈkɑmˌpækt] noun [countable]
Word forms "compact":
singular compact plural compacts
1) a small flat container for face powder, with a mirror inside
2) a newspaper with fairly small pages that deals with serious news issues
3) formal an agreement, often one that people make secretly
4) American a small car

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • compact — compact, e [ kɔ̃pakt ] adj. et n. m. • 1377; lat. compactus « amassé », de compingere 1 ♦ Qui est formé de parties serrées, dont les éléments constitutifs sont très cohérents. ⇒ dense, serré. Bloc, pâté d immeubles compact. Foule compacte. Poudre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Compact — as used in politics may refer broadly to a pact or treaty; in more specific cases it may refer to: Interstate compact Compact government, a type of colonial rule utilized in British North America Compact of Free Association whereby the sovereign… …   Wikipedia

  • compact — COMPÁCT, Ă, compacţi, te, adj. 1. Care se compune din particule strâns legate între ele; îndesat, dens. ♢ Caractere compacte = litere de tipar groase şi negre; aldine. ♦ (Despre o mulţime, un grup de oameni etc.) Numeros şi des. 2. fig. (Despre… …   Dicționar Român

  • compact — I (dense) adjective arranged within a small space, bunched, close, close knit, close set, close together, closely united, clustered, cohesive, compacted, compressed, concentrated, condensed, consolidated, constricted, constringed, contracted,… …   Law dictionary

  • Compact — Com*pact (k[o^]m*p[a^]kt ), p. p. & a. [L. compactus, p. p. of compingere to join or unite; com + pangere to fasten, fix: cf. F. compacte. See {Pact}.] 1. Joined or held together; leagued; confederated. [Obs.] Compact with her that s gone. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compact# — compact adj dense, *close, thick Analogous words: compressed, condensed, contracted (see CONTRACT vb): concentrated, consolidated, compacted (see COM PACT vb): solid, *firm, hard: *tight Contrasted words: ioose, slack: diffuse, prolix, verbose,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compact — [adj1] condensed appressed, bunched, close, compressed, crowded, dense, firm, hard, impenetrable, impermeable, packed, pressed, solid, thick, tight; concepts 481,483,774 Ant. loose, slack, uncondensed compact [adj2] short, brief boiled down,… …   New thesaurus

  • Compact — Com pact (k[o^]m p[a^]kt), n. [L. compactum, fr. compacisci, p. p. compactus, to make an agreement with; com + pacisci to make an agreement. See {Pact}.] An agreement between parties; a covenant or contract. [1913 Webster] The law of nations… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compact — [kəm pakt′, käm′pakt΄; ] for n., always [ käm′pakt΄] adj. [ME < L compactus, concentrated, pp. of compingere, to fasten together < com , with, together + pangere, to fix, fasten: see PEACE] 1. closely and firmly packed or put together;… …   English World dictionary

  • compact — /ˈkɔmpact, ingl. ˈkəmpækt/ s. m. inv. accorc. di compact disc …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • compact — is stressed on the second syllable as a verb and predicative adjective. As a noun (meaning ‘an agreement’ or ‘a case for face powder’) and as an attributive adjective, the stress is normally on the first syllable, except that it is variable in… …   Modern English usage

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