Compact

Definition of Compact

Com`pact´   Pronunciation: kǒm`păkt´
p. p. & a.1.Joined or held together; leagued; confederated.
A pipe of seven reeds, compact with wax together.
- Peacham.
2.Composed or made; - with of.
A wandering fire,
Compact of unctuous vapor.
- Milton.
3.Closely or firmly united, as the particles of solid bodies; firm; close; solid; dense.
Glass, crystal, gems, and other compact bodies.
- Sir I. Newton.
4.Brief; close; pithy; not diffuse; not verbose; as, a compact discourse.
v. t.1.To thrust, drive, or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; - as the parts which compose a body.
[imp. & p. p. Compacted; p. pr. & vb. n. Compacting.]
Now the bright sun compacts the precious stone.
- Blackstone.
2.To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.
The whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth.
- Eph. iv. 16.
n.1.An agreement between parties; a covenant or contract.
The law of nations depends on mutual compacts, treaties, leagues, etc.
- Blackstone.
Wedlock is described as the indissoluble compact.
- Macaulay.
The federal constitution has been styled a compact between the States by which it was ratified.
- Wharton.

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