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(file format, compression)
A compression standard derived from LZ77; it is reportedly used in zip, gzip, PKZIP, and png, among others.

Unlike LZW, deflate compression does not use patented compression algorithms.

Used as a verb to mean to compress (not decompress!) a file which has been compressed using deflate compression. The opposite, inflate, means to decompress data which has been deflated.

Deflate is described in RFC 1951.
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As vehicles drive over it at the designated speed, the system deflates, minimising disruption.
Fossett said: "I was bounced along for about three miles while I tried to deflate the balloon.
Flexpoint is currently engineering its Bend Sensor(R) technology for a multi-chamber mattress that can detect the deflection or pressure in each chamber and instantaneously inflate or deflate to alleviate the stress.
If the valve is set at 20mph, then a car doing that or less will find that the cushion deflates and allows it to travel with minimum disruption.
After squeaking out a 102-minute sudden-death march to eliminate Salesian of Los Angeles in the semifinals, Paraclete's seniors weren't about to let fatigue deflate them after three consecutive second-round losses cut those seasons short.
EST, DataMirror and IDC executives will hold a complimentary Webinar to discuss the business case for data resiliency and provide guidance on how to best guard against and defeat system downtime, which can jeopardize key relationships and deflate market share.
David will tackle today's most pressing issues and deflate know-it-alls who have the ear of the public, and cut through the lies of spin doctors and extremists whose voices are too loud for the public to make up their own minds.
JUST AS ``The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'' prepares to dominate movie screens for the next month or so comes ``French & Saunders: Lord of the Rings,'' a modest effort to deflate some of the epic's more pretentious inclinations.
Sax Compression offers developers a choice of two compression algorithms: Industry-standard Deflate (ZIP) compression, and the newer Burrows-Wheeler (BZip2) transform, which generates especially great results when compressing XML data.
Fitch says housing markets that appreciate too rapidly can deflate as quickly, exacerbating the potential for loss upon liquidation.
And when Roland earnestly tells Maud, ``I want to see if there's an us in you and me,'' you can see the movie deflate before your eyes.
Administration of perflubron and decalin resulted in hyperinflated lungs that failed to collapse or deflate, and that were completely pale pink in color instead of deep red.