American English

Definition of compact adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈkɑmpækt//
    jump to other results
  1. 1smaller than is usual for things of the same kind a compact camera The notebook computer is small and compact and weighs only 3.6lbs.
  2. 2using or filling only a small amount of space The kitchen was compact but well equipped.
  3. 3closely and firmly packed together a compact mass of earth The gray clouds had become more compact and the sky suddenly grew dark.
  4. 4(of a person or an animal) small and strong He had a compact and muscular body.
  6. compactness noun [uncountable]
    jump to other results
  7. He had the natural compactness of a good ball player.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: compact