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a compact camera (=a small, simple camera that uses film)
▪ There are some very good compact cameras around.
compact camera
compact disc player
compact disc
▪ The new album is available on vinyl, cassette, or compact disc.
▪ Verdict: The only compact camera for the underwater enthusiast.
▪ If you venture out in all weathers, you need a compact camera that can brave the elements, too.
▪ Watch out for smaller compact cameras.
▪ For example, a compact car in Salt Lake City is $ 209 weekly.
▪ We've fitted a compact disc player and protected it with a new security system.
▪ Seldom has so much been placed on the shoulders of a single compact disc.
▪ Read in studio Now, imagine being able to show a feature film on your television from an ordinary compact disc player.
▪ Of the nine works on this compact disc, only five were composed for trombone.
▪ To aggravate all this further, the records all sound as though they were designed to be played on compact disc.
▪ So you buy a compact disc containing scores of bird songs.
▪ And a compact disc changer is available, dealer installed, for $ 650.
▪ The company, which makes compact discs, wants to start making cassettes.
▪ Soon, the building will be packed to its arched roof with compact discs and cassettes.
▪ The first compact discs carried digitally encoded high fidelity music.
▪ It was that rectangular piece of cardboard that musical compact discs used to come in.
▪ Can an expert tell the difference between top price and budget compact discs?
▪ It made compact discs easier to display.
▪ Modern mass-produced media such as cassettes or compact discs could never be marketed if each one had to carry a stamp.
▪ Some predict that eventually everyone will carry all the sequences of his genes on a compact disk.
▪ A compact disk player, rare for its day, fed Chopin and the Rolling Stones into fierce-looking, six-foot MartinLogan speakers.
▪ It enables moving pictures as well as text and graphics to be stored on compact disks.
▪ One listed his music cassettes, the second his compact disks.
▪ It uses a Wavelet algorithm for video compression and provides compact disk quality audio and broadcast quality video.
▪ a compact car
▪ Look for plants with healthy leaves and a compact shape.
▪ The apartment was ideal for the two of us - small but compact.
▪ The dormitory rooms are very compact, with a desk, bed, and closet built in.
▪ The PowerShot is a compact unit that weighs less than 11 ounces and fits easily in your pocket.
▪ There is a compact dining area, which feels cozy rather than cramped.
▪ I feel certain the purpose of the slimness stems from the natural instinct to shoal in a compact body.
▪ It made compact discs easier to display.
▪ It packs all its power into a compact, low-profile configuration - occupying 30% less desk space than comparable 486 systems.
▪ It was similar to an indoor meeting because the stadium is compact, with the crowd close to all the action.
▪ Official sketches show a small warren of rooms, lit by artificial lights and stuffed with compact biological systems.
▪ Plus the most significant restyling since the Cherokee debuted as a compact sport utility vehicle in 1984.
▪ The compact circuit, purpose-built with the betting shop service in mind, has surprised owners Ladbrokes with its robust evening trade.
▪ The Federals, on the other hand, could look forward to operating on compact interior lines of communication.
▪ It is not to be negotiated by the conclusion of social compacts or contracts between the Trade Union movement and the Government.
▪ Under a social compact which runs until the end of 1990, the investing organizations will pay lower income taxes.
▪ a two-door compact
▪ Claudel stooped, too, and was startled to see her brush a powder compact sideways, sending it under the cab.
▪ One tribe, the Hualapai, closed its casino last year but still has a gaming compact.
▪ Opening her compact, she checked her appearance, and dabbed at her hair.
▪ So beware the curved top compacts.
▪ The dirt trail has been compacted from years of use.
▪ It compacts my spine, and yellow spots dance before my eyes.
▪ It then swells-for the nuclear material is highly compacted within the sperm-and so becomes a pronucleus.
▪ It was compacted again and loaded into a trailer hauling 25 tons to the landfill.
▪ Progressively increase the pressure to compact the surface.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compact \Com*pact"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compacted; p. pr. & vb. n. Compacting.]

  1. To thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; -- as the parts which compose a body.

    Now the bright sun compacts the precious stone.

  2. To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.

    The whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth.
    --Eph. iv. 16.


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.''

    A pipe of seven reeds, compact with wax together.

  2. Composed or made; -- with of. [Poetic]

    A wandering fire, Compact of unctuous vapor.

  3. Closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense.

    Glass, crystal, gems, and other compact bodies.
    --Sir I. Newton.

  4. Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a compact discourse.

    Syn: Firm; close; solid; dense; pithy; sententious.


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.

The law of nations depends on mutual compacts, treaties, leagues, etc.

Wedlock is described as the indissoluble compact.

The federal constitution has been styled a compact between the States by which it was ratified.

Syn: See Covenant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Middle French compact (14c.) or directly from Latin compactus "concentrated," past participle of compingere "to fasten together, construct," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + pangere "to fix, fasten" (see pact). Compact car is 1960. Compact disc is from 1979.


"agreement," 1590s, from Latin compactum "agreement," noun use of neuter past participle of compacisci "come to agreement," from com- "together" (see com-) + pacisci "to covenant, contract" (see pact).


early 15c., from Latin compactus, past participle of compingere "to fasten together" (see compact (adj.)). Related: Compacted; compacting.


"make-up case," 1921, from compact (adj.), based on its containing compacted face powder.


Etymology 1 n. An agreement or contract. Etymology 2

  1. 1 Closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space. 2 Having all necessary features fitting neatly into a small space. 3 (context mathematics uncomparable of a set in an Euclidean space English) closed and bounded. 4 (context topology uncomparable of a set English) Such that every open cover of the given set has a finite subcover. 5 Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose. 6 (context obsolete English) Joined or held together; leagued; confederated. 7 (context obsolete English) Composed or made; with ''of''. n. 1 A small, slim folding case, often featuring a mirror, powder and a powderpuff; that fits into a woman's purse or handbag, or that slips into ones pocket. 2 A broadsheet newspaper published in the size of a tabloid but keeping its non-sensational style. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To make more dense; to compress. 2 To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.

  1. adj. closely and firmly united or packed together; "compact soil"; "compact clusters of flowers" [ant: loose]

  2. closely crowded together; "a compact shopping center"; "a dense population"; "thick crowds" [syn: dense, thick]

  3. heavy and compact in form or stature; "a wrestler of compact build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a thick middle-aged man"; "a thickset young man" [syn: heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset]

  4. briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject" [syn: compendious, succinct, summary]

  1. n. a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse [syn: powder compact]

  2. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action [syn: covenant, concordat]

  3. a small and economical car [syn: compact car]

  1. v. have the property of being packable or compactable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well" [syn: pack]

  2. compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box" [syn: pack, bundle, wad]

  3. make more compact by or as if by pressing; "compress the data" [syn: compress, pack together] [ant: decompress]

  4. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: compress, constrict, squeeze, contract, press]


Compact as used in politics may refer broadly to a pact or treaty; in more specific cases it may refer to:

  • The Compact, the agreement between the government and the voluntary and community sector in England
  • Interstate compact
  • Blood compact, an ancient ritual of the Philippines
  • Compact government, a type of colonial rule utilized in British North America
  • Compact of Free Association whereby the sovereign states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau have entered into as associated states with the United States.
Compact (cosmetics)

A compact (also powder box and powder case) is a cosmetic product. It is usually a small round metal case and contains two or more of the following: a mirror, pressed or loose face powder with a gauze sifter and a powder puff.

Compact (newspaper)

A compact newspaper is a broadsheet-quality newspaper printed in a tabloid format (slightly taller), especially one in the United Kingdom. The term as used for this size (not to be confused with 108 × 171 mm or 4.25 × 6.75 inches paper sizes) came into its current use when The Independent began producing a smaller format edition for London's commuters, designed to be easier to read when using mass transit.

Readers from other parts of the country liked the new format, with the result that The Independent introduced it nationally. The Times and The Scotsman copied the format as The Independent increased sales. All three newspapers are now printed exclusively in compact format following trial periods during which both broadsheet and compact version were produced simultaneously.

The term “compact” was coined in the 1970s by the Daily Mail when that newspaper went tabloid, although the Mail now calls itself a tabloid. It is often used to differentiate newspapers with more traditional content from those with a flamboyant or salacious publishing style, even though they may share the same size. The functional opposite of compact is red top, as the nameplates of British sensationalist tabloids tend to be red.

Compact (TV series)

Compact was a British television soap opera shown by the BBC from 1962 to 1965. The series was created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling, who together subsequently devised Crossroads. In contrast to the kitchen sink realism of Coronation Street, Compact was a distinctly middle-class serial, set in the more "sophisticated" arena of magazine publishing. An early "avarice" soap, it took the viewer into the business workplace, and aligned the professional lives of the characters with more personal storylines. The show was scheduled for broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays, thus avoiding a clash with ITV's Coronation Street on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Usage examples of "compact".

This is just like the invasion of Italy in 553 by the Alamannic brethren, and is quite in keeping with the loosely compacted character of the Merovingian monarchy, in which it was copied by the Anglian and Saxon Kingdoms.

We think such a compact is a treaty under the Circuit Court of Appeals Act, and, where its construction is directly involved, as it is here, there is a right of review by direct appeal to this court.

Johns, by nature as well as by education, was disposed to look distrustfully upon any sudden conviction of duty which had its spring in any extraordinary exaltation of feeling, rather than in that full intellectual seizure of the Divine Word, which it seemed to him could come only after a determined wrestling with those dogmas that to his mind were the aptest and compactest expression of the truth toward which we must agonize.

Twisting his automatics inside the compact bundle, he pushed the black cloth out between the bars.

A handkerchief, a fillet for your hair, a wreath of gold or silver, a breastpin, a mirror, a girdle, a purse, a tassel, a comb, sleeves, gloves, a ring, a compact, a picture, a washbasin, a flag but only as a souvenir.

Ithaca 37 pump S-shot with pistol grip and stock and a Mossberg 12-gauge bullpup 8-shot with sights fore and aft and compacted stock.

When Orsini attempted to execute the sentence of death on the Emperor of the French, in obedience to the order of the Carbonari, of which the Emperor was a member, he was, if the theory of the origin of government in compact be true, no more an assassin than was the officer who executed on the gallows the rebel spies and incendiaries Beal and Kennedy.

In some cases the clusters are quite compact, and in others the rooms are distributed in narrow rows.

The Harmonic Heptagon provides a compact visualisation of all the consonant relationships between notes in the diatonic scale, and a trip once around the heptagon corresponds to one syntonic comma.

They nailed the crossties over the trusses and then roped everything into a compact mass.

Yet if the rocks be compact, or if they have layers of a soft and clayey nature, we may find the construction water, even in very old deposits, remaining near the surface of the ground.

The human brain is really nothing more or less than a marvelously compact and efficient electrochemical battery.

Iupiter, compact of fower frustes, fortie Cubits high, fower Cubits broade, and two Cubits thick, in his deluber within the temple dooth manifest it selfe to be a wonderfull miracle.

He blamed my mother and the compact forced on him to place a Bene Gesserit on the throne.

I have my compact sure, and I ken that the Lord will no gie me a back-cast.