1 closely packed together; dense
2 neatly fitted into a restricted space
4 well constructed; solid; firm
5 foll by: of composed or made up (of)
6 (Maths, logic) (of a relation) having the property that for any pair of elements such that a is related to b, there is some element c such that a is related to c and c to b, as less than on the rational numbers.
7 (U.S. and Canadian) (of a car) small and economical
8 to pack or join closely together; compress; condense
9 foll by: of to create or form by pressing together
sediment compacted of three types of clay
10 (Metallurgy) to compress (a metal powder) to form a stable product suitable for sintering
11 a small flat case containing a mirror, face powder, etc., designed to be carried in a woman's handbag
12 (U.S. and Canadian) a comparatively small and economical car
13 (Metallurgy) a mass of metal prepared for sintering by cold-pressing a metal powder
(C16: from Latin compactus, from compingere to put together, from com- together + pangere to fasten)
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