in·​com·​press·​ible | \ ˌin-kəm-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce incompressible (audio) \

Definition of incompressible

: incapable of or resistant to compression

Examples of incompressible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of my own real-world testing demonstrated a five-percent performance hit when using inline LZ4 compression on completely incompressible data but a 27-percent performance win on a Windows Server ISO—and that was on very fast SSD storage. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linus Torvalds says “Don’t use ZFS”—but doesn’t seem to understand it," 13 Jan. 2020 The Web browsing workload—16 parallel downloads of a 128KB incompressible file, rate-limited to 1Mbps by sleeping in between operations as necessary—is the key to measuring network performance. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Plume’s new “Superpod” hardware is here—and it’s fast," 12 June 2018 Bumps in the road were dampened by the incompressible fluid squeezing the compressible gas in the spheres. The Economist, "A new type of smooth car suspension," 15 Mar. 2018 Initially, the moving air, which behaves as an incompressible flow in the open-ended AirDancer, creates enough pressure to inflate the tube. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "How the Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Man Pulls Off Those Fresh Moves," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of incompressible

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Incompressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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