lossy

adjective
\ ˈlȯ-sē How to pronounce lossy (audio) \

Definition of lossy

1 : involving or causing some loss of data Lossy compression is a way of getting even smaller squeezed files than lossless. This technology strips out data it has been programmed to regard as either unnecessary or redundant.— Ron Goldberg The loss was literal: MP3 is what's called a "lossy" data-compression form of audio encoding; some audio information is demonstrably lost in the process.— Virginia Heffernan
2 : 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

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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lossless

loss of life

loss ratio

lossy

lost

lost art

lost ball

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