\ ˈwāv How to pronounce WAV (audio) \

Definition of WAV

: a usually uncompressed lossless computer file format used for the storage of digital audio data MP3 involves lossy compression, which means that MP3 files are not the same as the original WAV files found on CDs.— Mark Chussil, PC Magazine, 20 Feb. 2001

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First Known Use of WAV

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for WAV

from the filename extension, shortened from WAVE, short for Waveform Audio File Format

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“WAV.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/WAV. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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