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compact (adj) firmly and closely packed; small and easy to carry; (of a place) small but arranged in a way that everything to be there can be neatly placed; (of a person or an animal) small and strong; using only a few words to express ideas.

When the articles or the baggage you carry are firmly and closely packed, the package is compact. When the package is compact, nothing hangs loosely about it, it is easy to handle, and is easy to carry, as everything is neatly and firmly put inside. When something is compact, it is small and easy to carry, as, for example, a compact camera. A compact music system is a small music system with a CD player, a cassette player cum recorder, and perhaps with a mini TV, all combined into one, and still small enough to be carried easily. A place, a room, a house, etc., are compact, if, though they are small, things can be arranged neatly in them. They have closets and cupboards into which all things can be neatly put, so that there is enough room for people to move about without trouble. A compact person is a person with a small, but muscular body, strongly built. So is an animal compact, if it is small and strong, like the cheetah, for example. Your language is compact, if, in your speech, or in your writing, you express your ideas in a few words. You are brief and direct when you are compact.

  • Jude always surprises us by his knack of packing his baggage into neat, compact packages, which are easy to carry. I think it is the result of the practice and experience he has got from his frequent trips abroad.
  • The house is small, and so is the kitchen in it, but it is compact, with closets and cupboards built-in, and with a recess for a fridge.
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