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Definition 1: a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) a portable container for carrying several objects

"the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"

Definition 2: a small and economical car - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

"he needs a car to get to work"

Definition 3: a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

(... is an instance of compact) the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state

Definition 4: squeeze or press together - [verb of contact]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she compressed her lips
  • the spasm contracted the muscle

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) become tight or tighter

"The rope tightened"

(... is a kind of compact ) constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing

(... is a kind of compact ) be too tight; rub or press

"This neckband is choking the cat"

(... is a kind of compact ) contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery

(... is a kind of compact ) cause to contract

"The spasm convulses her facial muscles"

(... is a kind of compact ) contract involuntarily, as in a spasm

"The muscles in her face convulsed"

(... is a kind of compact ) constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air

(... is a kind of compact ) constrict or bind or draw together

"Lemon juice astringes the tissue in the mouth"

(... is a kind of compact ) contract one's lips

"She primmed her lips after every bite of food"

(... is a kind of compact ) wring the neck of

"The man choked his opponent"

Definition 5: compress into a wad - [verb of contact]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wad paper into the box

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) put into a proper or systematic order

"arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

(... is a kind of compact ) work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud

(compact has a similar meaning as ...) have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

"This powder compacts easily" "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"

Definition 6: make more compact by or as if by pressing - [verb of contact]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • compress the data

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

"I squeezed myself into the corner"

(... is a kind of compact ) press down tightly

"tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"

(compact implies ...) exert pressure or force to or upon

"He pressed down on the boards" "press your thumb on this spot"

Definition 7: have the property of being packable or of compacting easily - [verb of contact]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This powder compacts easily
  • Such odd-shaped items do not pack well

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(compact has a similar meaning as ...) compress into a wad

"wad paper into the box"

Definition 8: closely and firmly united or packed together - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • compact soil
  • compact clusters of flowers

(compact is similar to ...) (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

"the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated"

(compact is similar to ...) packed especially tightly

(compact is similar to ...) forming a solid mass

(compact is similar to ...) wedged or packed in together

"an impacted tooth"

(compact is similar to ...) pressed together or compressed

"packed snow"

(compact is similar to ...) (especially of rows as of troops or mountains) pressed together

"in serried ranks"

(compact is similar to ...) packed closely together

"they stood in a tight little group" "hair in tight curls" "the pub was packed tight"

(means also ...) gathered together or made less diffuse

"their concentrated efforts" "his concentrated attention" "concentrated study" "a narrow thread of concentrated ore"

Definition 9: briefly giving the gist of something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a short and compendious book
  • a compact style is brief and pithy
  • succinct comparisons
  • a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is similar to ...) expressing much in few words

"a concise explanation"

Definition 10: having a short and solid form or stature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where compact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a wrestler of compact build
  • he was tall and heavyset
  • stocky legs
  • a thickset young man

Synonyms for compact in the sense of this definition

(compact is similar to ...) low in stature; not tall

"he was short and stocky" "short in stature" "a short smokestack" "a little man"

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