loss·​less | \ ˈlȯs-ləs How to pronounce lossless (audio) \

Definition of lossless

: done or being without loss (as of power or data) lossless data compression lossless power transmission

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Recent Examples on the Web Vinyl is a lossless audio format as well, and as such records produce a warm sound that differs from the crispness of digital audio. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "5 retro tech products that are far from obsolete," 3 Aug. 2020 Previous rumors indicated that Amazon, which recently started supporting lossless audio on its music streaming service, would release a speaker that could better play such music. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon unleashes a bunch of new Echo devices, including glasses and a ring," 25 Sep. 2019 Content uploaded in a high bitrate or lossless format can now be streamed back at AAC 256 kbps via an opt-in setting. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "DJs will soon be able to mix songs streaming from SoundCloud," 18 Oct. 2018 Sprint will also throw in a subscription to Hulu and Tidal (the entry-level version, without lossless audio). Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "But now there’s a bundle with Tidal?," 12 July 2018 Perfect, lossless electricity would have a PQR of 100 percent. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 However, while data on Earth is sent through nearly lossless fiber optic cables, data in space often has to travel across millions of miles and through multiple relay satellites, and this can introduce problems. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Brings Space Internet Tech to the ISS," 27 June 2016 After years of trying, Deezer is about to launch in Japan, partnering with audio hardware companies Onkyo Pioneer and Yamaha to deliver lossless CD quality streaming to the world's second biggest music market. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Deezer Betting On Hi-Fi Audio as Streaming Service Launches In Japan," 7 Dec. 2017 According to the company, subscribers to its ten-dollar Premium+ service who download the app before the new year will have the option to hear music in lossless CD quality, usually reserved for users of the more expensive Deezer HiFi tier. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop App," 14 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of lossless

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Lossless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lossless. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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loss·​less | \ ˈlȯs-ləs How to pronounce lossless (audio) \

Medical Definition of lossless

: occurring or functioning without loss lossless electrical transmission in a nerve fiber

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