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From the name of the software program, originally short for GNU zip.



gzip (third-person singular simple present gzips, present participle gzipping, simple past and past participle gzipped)

  1. (transitive, computing) To compress using the gzip program.
    • 2000, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, General Linux I: exam prep:
      One way to deal with this issue is to add the compress command, which gzips the old logs as they are rotated.
    • 2007, Steve Souders, High performance web sites: essential knowledge for frontend engineers, page 30:
      Image and PDF files should not be gzipped because they are already compressed. Trying to gzip them not only wastes CPU resources, it can also potentially increase file sizes.
    • 2010, Nicholas C. Zakas, High Performance JavaScript, page 171:
      Therefore, using the YUI Compressor in combination with gzipping always gives the best results.