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compact (adj.) Explained

compact (adj.) at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1398, from L. compactus "concentrated," pp. of compingere "to fasten together," from com- "with, together" + pangere "to fix, fasten." The noun meaning "make-up case" first recorded 1921, based on its containing compacted face powder; compact car is 1960. Compact disc is from 1979. ///