loss·​less ˈlȯs-ləs How to pronounce lossless (audio)
: done or being without loss (as of power or data)
lossless data compression
lossless power transmission

Examples of lossless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And lossless compression means that no data is lost during the compression process. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 28 Sep. 2023 Today’s release once again omits any mention of when Spotify’s lossless streaming option could launch. Jon Porter, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 Spotify, the leading subscription music service, still does not support spatial audio listening of any kind — nor has the company made good on its long-overdue promise to stream at lossless quality. Chris Welch, The Verge, 11 Dec. 2023 And people with a good ear will be able to enjoy truly lossless music playback more frequently. Chris Welch, The Verge, 24 Oct. 2023 The earbuds will also get lossless audio features when paired with Apple’s Vision Pro headset. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 12 Sep. 2023 Technically, these are the first Apple headphones to support lossless USB-C audio playback. Chris Welch, The Verge, 19 July 2023 The unit offers high-resolution, lossless sound sources via a Wi-Fi connection. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Correction: June 1, 2023 An earlier version of the story implied that the JPEG image compression standard is lossless. Quanta Magazine, 31 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lossless was circa 1934

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“Lossless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lossless. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


loss·​less ˈlȯs-ləs How to pronounce lossless (audio)
: occurring or functioning without loss
lossless electrical transmission in a nerve fiber
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