from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Containing or stating briefly and concisely all the essentials; succinct.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. containing a subset of words, succinctly described; abridged and summarized
- adj. briefly describing a body of knowledge
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Containing the substance or general principles of a subject or work in a narrow compass; abridged; summarized.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing the substance or general principles of a subject in a narrow compass; short; abridged; concise: as, a compendious system of chemistry; a compendious grammar.
- Narrow; limited.
- Short; direct; not circuitous.
- Synonyms Succinct, Summary, etc. See concise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. briefly giving the gist of something
Middle English, from Late Latin compendiōsus, from Latin compendium, a shortening; see compendium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)