- The definition of gif, short for graphics interchange format, is an image file that is compressed to allow it to be transferred quickly, or an animated gif which is a collection of images played in sequence to appear to move.
A animated image of President Obama with Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden riding in a jeep is an example of a gif.
- Gif is defined as to save an image file into a .gif file, or to make a series of images into an animated .gif.
An example of gif is to take images of a cat falling off a table, sequence them and have them repeat as if it is a video.
- A raster-based format for storing files of color graphics.
- An image or animated clip recorded in such a format.
Origin of GIFG(raphics) I(nterchange) F(ormat)
- Alternative capitalization of GIF
.gif - Computer Definition
The file extension that identifies files in the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). See also GIF.
Pronounced jif, like the peanut butter.A graphics file format for encoding and exchanging graphic files on the Internet. Originally developed by CompuServe, GIF includes a patented lossless compression technique known as LZW, but is limited to 8-bit format, which makes it suitable for grayscale, but unsuitable for full color images. See also compression, grayscale, JPEG, lossless compression, LZW, and PNG.
(Graphics Interchange Format) A popular bitmapped graphics file format developed by CompuServe. Pronounced "giff" with a hard "g" or "jiff" (take your pick), GIF images are widely used on the Web because the format uses its own form of compression. GIF supports 8-bit color (256 colors), but gets the most mileage out of its limited colors by using a built-in color palette. For example, the palette for an image of a forest would mostly contain shades of green and brown. If colors are within a tight range, this method provides extraordinary realism in an 8-bit image. See indexed color. GIF87a and GIF89a The original GIF87a and subsequent GIF89a are named after their year of introduction. GIF89a allows one of the colors to be transparent and reflect the background color of the underlying page or window (see alpha channel). GIF89a also supports animation by rendering multiple frames in sequence (see animated GIF). GIFs and JPEGs Both GIF and JPEG images are widely used on the Web and are supported by all Web software. Charts, screen shots and technical drawings are typically GIFs, because GIFs uses lossless compression, and the text is maintained properly. Photos are generally better rendered as JPEGs, which support 24-bit color and can be highly compressed (see JPEG). See GIF patents, lossless compression, graphics formats and PNG.