co·​dec ˈkō-ˌdek How to pronounce codec (audio)
: a device or software system that can digitize and often compress an audio or video signal for transmission (as over a telephone line) and convert an incoming signal to audio or video for reception
To permit satellite communication through such a compact antenna, an electronic device called a voice coder-decoder—or codec—translates speech into a digital signal.Discover

Examples of codec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For connectivity and streaming, the Spot offers dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Amazon doesn't specify the version or available codecs). PCMAG, 10 July 2024 The Pill is compatible with Bluetooth 5.3 and supports the AAC and SBC codecs, but not AptX or other Android-friendly options. PCMAG, 25 June 2024 Aaron sits on the board of the nonprofit, which has spearheaded the development of the open, royalty-free AV1 video codec. Janko Roettgers, The Verge, 22 June 2024 Google is a big fan of its own next-generation AV1 video codec, and AV1 support has arrived on various devices thanks to hardware decoding being embedded in many flagship SoCs. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 15 May 2024 As for wireless connectivity, the speakers support Bluetooth 5.3 and work with the SBC and LDAC codecs. Mark Knapp, PCMAG, 5 June 2024 Adaptive codec support for higher-bitrate streaming than the standard AAC and SBC that the speaker also supports. Chris Welch, The Verge, 2 May 2024 But many competitors offer more features at this price, including active noise cancellation, cross-platform apps with adjustable EQ, and a wider range of Bluetooth codecs for high-quality streaming. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 The case holds 33 hours (ANC off) or 19 hours (ANC on) of battery life, but your results will vary depending on your typical listening volume level and codec choice. PCMAG, 21 Apr. 2024

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Word History


coder + decoder

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of codec was in 1967

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“Codec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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