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Meaning of LOSSLESS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Loss"less\, a.
Free from loss. [Obs.] --Milton.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

A term describing a data compression algorithm which retains all the information in the data, allowing it to be recovered perfectly by decompression.

unix compress and gnu gzip perform lossless compression.

Opposite: lossy.

 

 

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