A pressing force that squeezes a material together.

When pushing your hands together, your arms will be under compression.

The towers of a suspension bridge, and the piers of an arch bridge, are under compression.

One of the events of a combustion-engine cycle - Compression Stroke


Compression means to reduce the dynamic range of a signal. Compression may be intentional or one of the effects of a system that is driven to overload.

See also: Compressed, Compression Fatigue, Compression Set, Compression Test, Compressive Yield Strength, Force, Shear, Tension, Torsion.

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Subjects: Audio Mechanical Engineering Physics