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 service mark used for a raster-based format for storing files of color graphics.
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 "jif" or "gif" (hard g), GIF images are widely used on the Web because the format is compressed and takes up less space.GIF supports 8-bit color (256 colors), but it 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 all the colors in the image are within a tight range, GIFs provide excellent realism for an 8-bit format. In contrast, JPEGs are 24 bits. See indexed color.GIF87a and GIF89aThe 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 a limited form of animation by rendering multiple frames in sequence (see animated GIF).GIFs and JPEGsBoth GIF and JPEG images are widely supported on the Web. Charts, screen shots and technical drawings are typically GIFs, because GIFs use lossless compression, and the text is maintained properly. Photos are generally better rendered as JPEGs, which support 24-bit color, and they can be highly compressed. However, if images are saved as JPEGs with limited compression (users have a choice), text does render rather well (see JPEG). See GIF patents, lossless compression, graphics formats and PNG.