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Definition 1: a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever) - [noun denoting artifact]

(compress is a kind of ...) a cloth covering for a wound or sore

(compress is made of the substance ...) a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice

Definition 2: squeeze or press together - [verb of contact]

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

  • she compressed her lips
  • the spasm contracted the muscle

Synonyms for compress in the sense of this definition

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

"The rope tightened"

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

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

"This neckband is choking the cat"

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

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

"The spasm convulses her facial muscles"

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

"The muscles in her face convulsed"

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

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

"Lemon juice astringes the tissue in the mouth"

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

"She primmed her lips after every bite of food"

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

"The man choked his opponent"

Definition 3: make more compact by or as if by pressing - [verb of contact]

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

  • compress the data

Synonyms for compress in the sense of this definition

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

"I squeezed myself into the corner"

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

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

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

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

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