lossy

adjective
\ˈlȯ-sē \

Definition of lossy 

: causing attenuation or dissipation of electrical energy a lossy transmission line a lossy dielectric

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There are plenty of ways, from cutting out or freezing frames, messing with transparency, cutting the resolution, choosing a smaller color palette, or mixing a few different forms of visible and lossy compression techniques. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The GIF Is Dead. Long Live the GIF.," 18 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of lossy

1946, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near lossy

lossless

loss of life

loss ratio

lossy

lost

lost art

lost ball

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