AskDefine | Define compression

Dictionary Definition



1 an increase in the density of something [syn: compaction, concretion, densification]
2 the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling" [syn: condensation, contraction]
3 encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required [ant: decompression]
4 applying pressure [syn: compressing] [ant: decompression]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the act of compressing, or the state of being compressed; compaction
  2. the cycle of an internal combustion engine during which the fuel and air mixture is compressed
  3. the process by which data is compressed
  4. the electronic process by which any sound's gain is automatically controlled


Extensive Definition

Compression may refer to:
Compressibility also has the special meanings:
  • Compressibility, a measure of volume change resulting from pressure (typically for fluids)
  • Reciprocal of the bulk modulus (typically for solids)

See also

compression in Czech: Komprese
compression in Danish: Kompression
compression in German: Kompression
compression in French: Compression
compression in French: Compresseur
compression in Ido: Kompresilo
compression in Italian: Compressione
compression in Dutch: Compressie
compression in Dutch: Compressor
compression in Polish: Kompresja
compression in Portuguese: Compressão
compression in Japanese: コンプレッサー
compression in Korean: 압축
compression in Russian: Сжатие
compression in Ukrainian: Стиснення

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