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compact (noun) agreement; contract; a small cosmetic case women use; a small car.
An agreement between two or more parties, especially between two or more countries, is a compact. The terms for a settlement of a dispute or a set of rules about their mutual behavior, relationships, dealings, or sharing of rights between them results from a compact between the two parties. A flat case containing a mirror and powder or cream for a women's face is a compact. 'She always carried a compact with her', that is, she always had this flat case with a mirror and a little powder in it with her, for use on her face whenever she needed to look fresh. A very small car is also a compact.
- Following the compact between the two countries, peace resulted, as both of them agreed to stop fighting and share the waters of the river forming the border between them in the proportion agreed upon.
- Lacking her usual makeup, Helga looked dull at the party as she forgot to carry her compact, the powder in which could have made her face appear fresh.