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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun compact:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective compact:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb compact:

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Definition of the noun compact

What does compact mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: compacts

  1. a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of compact: powder compact
    • more generic word: case = a portable container for carrying several objects
  2. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of compact: concordat / covenant
    • more generic term: written agreement = a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
    • instance: Lateran Treaty = 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
  3. a small and economical car

Alternative definition of the noun compact


  1. An agreement or contract.
  2. A small folding mirror containing powder that fits into a woman's purse or handbag.

Definition of the adjective compact

What does compact mean as an attribute of a noun?

Compact is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more compact / compacter | most compact / compactest

  1. closely and firmly united or packed together
  2. having a short and solid form or stature
  3. briefly giving the gist of something

Alternative definition of the adjective compact


  1. Closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space.
  2. Having all necessary features fitting neatly into a small space.
  3. [mathematics] (of a set in an Euclidean space) Closed and bounded.
  4. [topology] Such that every exhaustion of it by (overlapping) open balls has the property that some finitely many of those balls will also cover it.
  5. [topology] (of a set) Such that every open cover of the given set has a finite subcover.

Definition of the verb compact

What does compact mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: compacted | compacting | compacts

  1. have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
    • example: This powder compacts easily
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of compact: pack
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  2. compress into a wad
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of compact: bundle / pack / wad
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    • more specific word: puddle = work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
  3. make more compact by or as if by pressing
  4. squeeze or press together

Alternative definition of the verb compact


  1. [transitive] To make more dense; to compress.


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.


"Compact" is a musical EP of Garry Trace & Mike Tales.

  • released in (15 years ago)


Compact is a musical group.

  • albums: "Fata Din Vis", "88-95", "Pe tine te-am ales!", "Compact 100 %", "5.Compact", "Cîntec pentru prieteni", "Cine eşti tu, oare?", "Formații rock 6", "Vin vremuri noi?", "Transilvania", "Muzică de colecție, volumul 32"
  • official website:


  1. Compact a.k.a. Compact Software was the first successful microwave computer-aided design company. The company was founded in 1973 by Les Besser to commercialize his eponymous program COMPACT, released when he was at Farinon Electric Company.
  2. Compact is a publisher.


  1. Compact: A compact newspaper is a broadsheet-quality newspaper printed in a tabloid format, especially one in the United Kingdom. The term as used for this size 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.
  2. Compact: A compact 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.
  3. Compact is a camera format.
  4. Compact a.k.a. Mini-tab: A newspaper format which is 110 sq. in.

Phrases with Compact

Phrases starting with the word Compact:

  1. compact car
  2. compact disc
  3. compact disk
  4. Compact Brome
  5. Compact Onion
  6. Compact space
  7. Compact Ayenia
  8. Compact Dodder
  9. Compact Elimia
  10. Compact Astarte
  11. Compact Fossarus
  12. Compact Phacelia
  13. Compact Penstemon
  14. Compact Rockdaisy
  15. Compact Wormsnail
  16. Compact Cephalozia

Phrases ending with the word Compact:

  1. σ-Compact
  2. powder compact
  3. Locally Compact

Other phrase containing the word Compact:

  1. audio compact disc

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Compact

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Compact lime- r -\ Ulm, stone , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions (2003)

by David John Cole, Eve Browning, Fred E. H. Schroeder

Compact Discs The compact disc revolutionized home audio when it was introduced in 1982. CDs, as they were immediately known, rapidly replaced the phonograph record as the primary medium for home-recorded audio (see Audio ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

Specialist CCS: Clinical Code Sets CCS: Common Communication Support CCSP: Certified Coding Specialist Physician CCT: Coding, Classification, Terminology CD: Committee Draft CD: Compact Disc CDA: Clinical (Decision) Document ...

Google previewLexicon Medicum (1860)

Medical Dictionary by Robert Hooper

Compact. Grind-stone. Anthracite. Metalur-rous LIMERock. B. Shelly. A. Compact. Birdseye marble. CALCIFERoUs SANDRock. Semi-opal. AnQuartzose. thracite. Barytes. B. Geodiferous Sparry. Concentric conA. Compact. Ookitic. cretions.

Google previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard

vibrating plate A hand-operated device, which has a flat, square, or rectangular vibrating surface, and is used to compact asphalt, concrete, and earth surfaces over small areas.

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Quotes about Compact

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. (Epicurus)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3P3A1C3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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