Definition of compact adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpækt//
    , BrE//ˈkɒmpækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmpækt//
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  1. 1smaller than is usual for things of the same kind a compact camera The notebook computer is small and compact and weighs only 3.6lb.
  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 grey 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.
  5. Word Originadjective late Middle English: from Latin compact- ‘closely put together, joined’, from the verb compingere, from com- ‘together’ + pangere ‘fasten’.Extra examples Computers have become much more compact over the last 15 years. Edinburgh is a compact city. The car is surprisingly powerful and has a very compact engine.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compact