designating or of a format for compressing digital files, as of sound or images, that involves some loss of data
Origin of lossyused origin, originally with regard to dissipation of electrical or electromagnetic energy
(comparative lossier, superlative lossiest)
- (telecommunications) of a communication channel, subject to loss of signal strength
- (power systems) of an electricity transmission line, subject to various forms of power loss
- (of an algorithm for converting or compressing data) reducing the amount of information in data.
- JPEG is a lossy image compression format.
loss +"Ž -y