|v. t.||1.||To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; |
|Verb||1.||deflate - collapse by releasing contained air or gas; "deflate a balloon"|
|2.||deflate - release contained air or gas from; "deflate the air mattress"|
|3.||deflate - reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"|
|4.||deflate - produce deflation in; "The new measures deflated the economy"|
inflate - cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy"
|5.||deflate - reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency"|
inflate - increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
|6.||deflate - become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air; "The balloons deflated"|
|(file format, compression)||deflate - 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.