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“… beautiful muscles compress your abdomen …”

meanings of compress


  1. To be pressed together or folded by compression into a more economic, easier format.
  2. To make smaller; to press or squeeze together, or to make something occupy a smaller space or volume.
  3. To embrace sexually.
  4. To condense into a more economic, easier format.
  5. To make digital information smaller by encoding it using fewer bits.
  6. To abridge.


  1. A machine for compressing.
  2. A multiply folded piece of cloth, a pouch of ice etc., used to apply to a patient's skin, cover the dressing of wounds, and placed with the aid of a bandage to apply pressure on an injury.