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English translation: to compress

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23:53 Jun 4, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: komprimieren
computing, do we compress a file in English?
EsmeJ
English translation:to compress
Explanation:
or to pack.

The English verb for Komprimieren is "to compress"; the algorithm used is called a "compression algorithm" (Lempel/Ziv compression algorithm, Mpeg compression algorithm for example)
To pack is also used although somewhat less because it is also used to qualify a file format requiring less place, but not necessarily by using a general compression algorithm.

In computer system slang you can say to zip.
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Yves Georges
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Local time: 17:40
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Summary of answers provided
nacompressDR. RICHARD BAVRY
nato compress
Yves Georges
nacompress/archive
Doru Voin


  

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6 mins
compress/archive


Explanation:
You compress a hard-drive, you zip/archive a file.

Doru Voin
Romania
Local time: 18:40
Native speaker of: Romanian

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DR. RICHARD BAVRY: zip/archive too esoteric for *general* purposes; context governs the choice of translations always!
23 mins
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21 mins
to compress


Explanation:
or to pack.

The English verb for Komprimieren is "to compress"; the algorithm used is called a "compression algorithm" (Lempel/Ziv compression algorithm, Mpeg compression algorithm for example)
To pack is also used although somewhat less because it is also used to qualify a file format requiring less place, but not necessarily by using a general compression algorithm.

In computer system slang you can say to zip.



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Yves Georges
France
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25 mins
compress


Explanation:
Files are *compressed* also in English, although some choose to use the terms *zip* and *archive*, but such usages are not precise in the sense that they require the reader to be familiar with the jargon, which is often the case, but for the general readership, it might pose a problem. For example, in newspaper article, it would be more informative to use *compress* rather than *zip* or *archive*, whereas in a computer journal one could feel comfortable with the jargon words.

In fine, a file is *zipped* or *archived* by the act of compression.

My take on the matter.

Hope this helps.


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