co·​dec | \ ˈkō-ˌdek How to pronounce codec (audio) \

Definition of codec

: 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 When used as a stereo pair, an audio signal is transmitted between the two speakers using the high-resolution LC3 Plus audio codec. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 The earbuds don’t support Qualcomm’s apt-X HD codec but for me the AAC and LDAC produce great-sounding audio. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 That said, these earbuds sounded pretty good even on the basic SBC codec. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Apple will use a new codec, Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), for its catalog of more than 75 million songs. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 May 2021 The latter is an issue for all earbuds, including Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Pro which boast a proprietary scaleable codec that’s supposed to reduce cut outs. Janhoi Mcgregor, Forbes, 8 May 2021 This omission means that the Mode II will fall back to the standard SBC audio codec when used with Apple iPhones or iPads. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Further, Apple TV is getting support for the VP9 video codec, meaning Apple TV 4K owners will finally be able to watch 4K YouTube videos in that device's YouTube app. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 30 June 2020 And, most irritatingly, Apple refuses to support Google’s VP9 video codec, so there is literally no way to watch YouTube in 4K on the iPad Pro. Nilay Patel, The Verge, 5 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of codec

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codec

coder + decoder

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“Codec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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