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 for Compressing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compress \Com*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compressed; p. pr &
     vb. n. Compressing.] [L. compressus, p. p. of comprimere to
     compress: com- + premere to press. See Press.]
     1. To press or squeeze together; to force into a narrower
        compass; to reduce the volume of by pressure; to compact;
        to condense; as, to compress air or water.
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              Events of centuries . . . compressed within the
              compass of a single life.             --D. Webster.
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              The same strength of expression, though more
              compressed, runs through his historical harangues.
                                                    --Melmoth.
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     2. To embrace sexually. [Obs.] --Pope.
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     3. (Computers) to reduce the space required for storage (of
        binary data) by an algorithm which converts the data to a
        smaller number of bits while preserving the information
        content. The compressed data is usually decompressed to
        recover the initial data format before subsequent use.
        [PJC]
  
     Syn: To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce; abridge.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  compressing
      n 1: applying pressure [syn: compression, compressing] [ant:
           decompressing, decompression]

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