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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.