codec

noun

electronics a set of equipment that encodes an analogue speech or video signal into digital form for transmission purposes and at the receiving end decodes the digital signal into a form close to its original

Nearby words

  1. code of hammurabi,
  2. code word,
  3. code-name,
  4. code-sharing,
  5. code-switching,
  6. codeclination,
  7. coded,
  8. codefendant,
  9. codeia,
  10. codeine

Word Origin for codec

C20: from co (de) + dec (ode)

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Word Origin and History for codec

codec

n.

by 1970, an abbreviation from compressor-decompressor or coder-decoder, on model of modem.

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