ripping definition by Webster's New World
- that rips or tears
- Chiefly Brit., Slang excellent; fine; splendid
- rippingly adverb
ripping definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Probably from rip1.
ripping - Computer Definition
(1) Converting an audio CD from its native CD-DA format to MP3, AAC or some other compressed audio format. When the term was coined, it had a perverse meaning. Many loved the idea they were "ripping off" the music industry by making copyrighted works available in a compact format that could be quickly downloaded over the Internet. Ripping is also called "importing." See MP3, AAC and import.
(2) Decrypting a DVD movie and storing it on a hard disk. Ripping a DVD does not result in a smaller, compressed version of the original as it does with audio files. See DeCSS.
(4) Using a raster image processor, which prepares a page for display or printing. See RIP.
Variant of rip
- to cut or tear apart roughly or vigorously
- to remove by or as by so cutting or tearing: with off, out, away, etc.
- to make (a hole) in this way
- to slash with a sharp instrument
- to cut, tear, etc. (stitches) so as to open (a seam, hem, etc.)
- to saw (wood) along the grain
Origin: Late Middle English rippen, probably ; from or akin to Flemish to tear ; from Indo-European an unverified form reub-: see rub
- to become torn or split apart
- Informal to move with speed or violence
- a torn place or burst seam; tear; split
- the act of ripping