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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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Sarah Halliday tweeted the M.E.N pictures of the plastic 'ice rink' and deflated snow globe adding, "the most overhyped mis-sold event I've ever had the displeasure of attending."
"I feel deflated because we haven't won the game, not because we haven't been promoted.
A motorist, Mr Joseph Maina, was left stranded at Rironi for hours starting at 8am when the demonstrators, chanting anti-Ngilu slogans, descended on his car, and deflated all the tyres."I had an appointment in Naivasha at around 10am and so I left Nairobi shortly before 7am, only for me to encounter a traffic jam here (Rironi).
BURST-CASE SCENARIO Airlander 10 lies deflated. Picture: Aaron Chown
Once deflated the DriveGuard tyre rests on the thicker sidewalls and the heat build up from driving is dissipated by cooling fins which carry it away as it rotates.
If you believe Madden and Aikman that means Bill Belichick was just covering up for Brady when he spouted about weather conditions being the reason for the deflated footballs, saying the weather outside was colder than in the locker room where the balls were pumped full of air before the game.
The build-up to Super Bowl Sunday, already a theater of the absurd, is going to set a new standard for silliness as people in costumes exhaust every conceivable double entendre related to deflated footballs.
The Colts had more opportunities to punt -- a consequence of their woeful offensive performance -- and managed to kick those supposedly deflated footballs further, on average, than New England.
Organizers said that the duck had been deflated on Tuesday evening as part of scheduled maintenance work and that it would be towed to a shipyard on Wednesday for thorough checking.
"We feel a little deflated because we were ahead but it's a tough group."
The general rule of thumb for inflatables is that they should be deflated in winds exceeding 25 mph.