(noun, adjective, verb)


1. closely and firmly united or packed together

- compact soil

- compact clusters of flowers

Similar word(s): clayey, cloggy, heavy, consolidated, impacted, wedged, packed, serried, tight, concentrated

2. having a short and solid form or stature

- a wrestler of compact build

Similar word(s): little, short, heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset

3. briefly giving the gist of something

- a short and compendious book

- a compact style is brief and pithy

- succinct comparisons

Similar word(s): concise, compendious, succinct, summary

Sentences with compact as an adjective:

- a compact laptop computer

- A set S of real numbers is called compact if every sequence in S has a subsequence that converges to an element again contained in S.

- a compact discourse


1. a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse

Definition categories: man–made, case

2. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

Similar word(s): concordat, covenant

Definition categories: communication

3. a small and economical car

Definition categories: man–made, auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar


1. have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

- This powder compacts easily

Similar word(s): pack

Definition categories: contact, be

2. compress into a wad

Similar word(s): bundle, pack, wad

Definition categories: contact, arrange

3. make more compact by or as if by pressing

- compress the data

Similar word(s): compress

Definition categories: contact, force, squeeze, wedge

4. squeeze or press together

- she compressed her lips

Similar word(s): compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

Definition categories: contact, tighten