Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Comprehensibleness noun The quality of being comprehensible; comprehensibility.

Comprehensibly adverb
1. With great extent of signification; comprehensively. Tillotson.

2. Intelligibly; in a manner to be comprehended or understood.

Comprehension noun [ Latin comprehensio : confer French compréhension .]
1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.

In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old.
Hooker.

2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. [ Obsolete]

Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them.
Chillingworth.

3. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract principles.

4. (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.

5. (Rhet.) A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.

Comprehensive adjective [ Confer French compréhensif .]
1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view.

A very comprehensive definition.
Bentley.

Large and comprehensive idea.
Channing.

2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. "His comprehensive head." Pope.

3. (Zoology) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups.

» The term is applied chiefly to early fossil groups which have a combination of structures that appear in more fully developed or specialized forms in later groups. Synthetic , as used by Agassiz, is nearly synonymous.

Syn. -- Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious.

Comprehensively adverb In a comprehensive manner; with great extent of scope.

Comprehensiveness noun The quality of being comprehensive; extensiveness of scope.

Compare the beauty and comprehensiveness of legends on ancient coins.
Addison.

Comprehensor noun One who comprehends; one who has attained to a full knowledge. [ Obsolete]

When I shall have dispatched this weary pilgrimage, and from a traveler shall come to be a comprehensor , farewell faith and welcome vision.
Bp. Hall.

Compress transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Compressed ; p. pr & verbal noun Compressing .] [ Latin compressus , past participle 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.

Events of centuries . . . compressed within the compass of a single life.
D. Webster.

The same strength of expression, though more compressed , runs through his historical harangues.
Melmoth.

2. To embrace sexually. [ Obsolete] Pope.

Syn. -- To crowd; squeeze; condense; reduce; abridge.

Compress noun [ French compresse .] (Surg.) A folded piece of cloth, pledget of lint, etc., used to cover the dressing of wounds, and so placed as, by the aid of a bandage, to make due pressure on any part.

Compressed adjective
1. Pressed together; compacted; reduced in volume by pressure.

2. (Botany) Flattened lengthwise.

Compressed-air engine , an engine operated by the elastic force of compressed air.

Compressed yeast A cake yeast made by filtering the cells from the liquid in which they are grown, subjecting to heavy pressure, and mixing with starch or flour.

Compressibility noun [ Confer French compressibilité .] The quality of being compressible of being compressible; as, the compressibility of elastic fluids.

Compressible adjective [ Confer French compressible .] Capable of being pressed together or forced into a narrower compass, as an elastic or spongy substance.

Compressibleness noun The quality of being compressible; compressibility.

Compression noun [ Latin compressio : confer French compression .] The act of compressing, or state of being compressed. " Compression of thought." Johnson.

Compression projectile A projectile constructed so as to take the grooves of a rifle by means of a soft copper band firmly attached near its base or, formerly, by means of an envelope of soft metal. In small arms the modern projectile, having a soft core and harder jacket, is subjected to compression throughout the entire cylindrical part.

Compressive adjective [ Confer French compressif .] Compressing, or having power or tendency to compress; as, a compressive force.

Compressor noun [ Latin ] Anything which serves to compress ; as: (a) (Anat.) A muscle that compresses certain parts. (b) (Surg.) An instrument for compressing an artery (esp., the femoral artery) or other part. (c) An apparatus for confining or flattening between glass plates an object to be examined with the microscope; -- called also compressorium . (d) (Machinery) A machine for compressing gases; especially, an air compressor.

Compressure noun Compression.

Comprint transitive verb & i.
1. To print together.

2. (O. Eng. Law) To print surreptitiously a work belonging to another. E. Phillips.

Comprint noun (O. Eng. Law) The surreptitious printing of another's copy or book; a work thus printed.

Comprisal noun The act of comprising or comprehending; a compendium or epitome.

A comprisal . . . and sum of all wickedness.
Barrow.

Comprise transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Comprised ; present participle & verbal noun Comprising .] [ From French compris , comprise , past participle of comprendre , Latin comprehendere . See Comprehend .] To comprehend; to include.

Comprise much matter in few words.
Hocker.

Friendship does two souls in one comprise .
Roscommon.

Syn. -- To embrace; include; comprehend; contain; encircle; inclose; involve; imply.

Comprobate intransitive verb [ Latin comprobatus , past participle of comprobare , to approve wholly.] To agree; to concur. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Elyot.

Comprobation noun [ Latin comprobatio .]
1. Joint attestation; proof. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

2. Approbation. [ Obsolete] Foxe.

Compromise noun [ French compromis , from Latin compromissum a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, from compromittere to make such a promise; com- + promittere to promise. See Promise .]
1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators. [ Obsolete] Burrill.

2. A settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement.

But basely yielded upon compromise
That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
Shak.

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Burke.

An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
Hallam.

3. A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.

I was determined not to accept any fine speeches, to the compromise of that sex the belonging to which was, after all, my strongest claim and title to them.
Lamb.

Compromise transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Compromised ; present participle & verbal noun Compromising .] [ From Compromise , noun ; confer Compromit .]
1. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [ Obsolete]

Laban and himself were compromised
That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied
Should fall as Jacob's hire.
Shak.

2. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.

The controversy may easily be compromised .
Fuller.

3. To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.

To pardon all who had been compromised in the late disturbances.
Motley.

Compromise intransitive verb
1. To agree; to accord. [ Obsolete]

2. To make concession for conciliation and peace.

Compromiser noun One who compromises.

Compromissorial adjective Relating to compromise. [ R.] Chalmers.

Compromit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Compromitted ; present participle & verbal noun Compromitting .] [ Latin compromittere . See Compromise , noun ]
1. To pledge by some act or declaration; to promise. State Trials (1529).

2. To put to hazard, by some indiscretion; to endanger; to compromise; as, to compromit the honor or the safety of a nation.

Comprovincial adjective Belonging to, or associated in, the same province. [ Obsolete] -- noun One who belongs to the same province. [ Obsolete]

The six islands, comprovincial
In ancient times unto Great Britain.
Spenser.

Compsognathus (kŏmp*sŏg"nȧ*thŭs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek kompo`s elegant, pretty + gna`qos jaw.] (Zoology) A genus of Dinosauria found in the Jurassic formation, and remarkable for having several birdlike features.

Compt (kount, formerly kŏmt; 215) noun [ French compte . See Count an account.] Account; reckoning; computation. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Compt transitive verb [ French compter . See Count , transitive verb ] To compute; to count. [ Obsolete] See Count .

Compt adjective [ Latin comptus , past participle of comere to care for, comb, arrange, adorn.] Neat; spruce. [ Obsolete] Cotgrave.

Compte rendu [ French] A report of an officer or agent.

Compter noun A counter. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Comptible adjective [ See Compt , transitive verb ] Accountable; responsible; sensitive. [ Obsolete]

I am very comptible even to the least sinister usage.
Shak.

Comptly adverb Neatly. [ Obsolete] Sherwood.

Comptograph noun [ French compter to count + -graph .] A machine for adding numbers and making a printed record of the sum.

Comptometer noun [ See Count ; -meter .] A calculating machine; an arithmometer.

Comptrol noun & v. See Control .

Comptroler noun A controller; a public officer whose duty it is to examine certify accounts.

Compulsative adjective [ From Latin compulsare , v. intens. of compellere . See Compel .] Compulsatory. [ R.] Shak.

Compulsatively adverb By compulsion. [ R.]

Compulsatory adjective Operating with force; compelling; forcing; constraining; resulting from, or enforced by, compulsion. [ R.]

To recover of us, by strong hand
And terms compulsatory , those foresaid lands.
Shak.

Compulsion noun [ Latin compulsio . See Compel .] The act of compelling, or the state of being compelled; the act of driving or urging by force or by physical or moral constraint; subjection to force.

If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion .
Shak.

With what compulsion and laborious flight
We sunk thus low.
Milton.

Syn. -- See Constraint .

Compulsive adjective Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.

Religion is . . . inconsistent with all compulsive motives.
Sharp.

Compulsively adverb By compulsion; by force.