the file extension for MPEG Audio Layer-3, a set of standards for compressing and downloading audio files from the internet.
a file compressed in this format.
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Origin of MP3
First recorded in 1990–95
Words nearby MP3
, MP3 player
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How to use MP3 in a sentence
Put the music that your loved one cherishes on an MP3 player.
In 1997, the website MP3.com had begun releasing digital MP3 versions of songs by artists, often with their consent.
But the MP3 players died, almost at the same moment, not long after they showed up.
Gadgets include things like computers, videogame consoles, smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players.
British Dictionary definitions for MP3
MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3: tradename for software created by the Motion Picture Experts Group that enables files to be compressed quickly to 10% or less of their original size for storage on disk or hard drive or esp for transfer across the internet
an audio or video file created in this way
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Scientific definitions for MP3
An MPEG standard used especially for transmitting music digitally over the Internet. Many programs are available to facilitate the transfer of these files, but there are numerous legal issues regarding the swapping of files and violation of copyright laws.
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Cultural definitions for MP3
A file containing compressed digital audio data, often used to transmit music over the Internet.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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