Definition of compress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈkɒmpres//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmpres//
a cloth that is pressed onto a part of the body to stop the loss of blood, reduce pain, etc. to apply a cold compress
Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French compresser or late Latin compressare, frequentative of Latin comprimere, from com- ‘together’ + premere ‘to press’; or directly from compress- ‘pressed together’, from the verb comprimere.
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