1.   (tool, compression, file format)   To create a compressed archive (a "zip file") from one or more files using PKWare's PKZIP or a compatible archiver. Its use is spreading from MS-DOS now that portable implementations of the algorithm have been written.

zip is also the name of a Unix archiving utility compatible with PKZIP. unzip is the corresponding de-archiver.

See also gzip, tar and feather.

Last updated: 1996-08-26

2.   (storage)   Zip Drive.

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3.   (functional programming)   zip function.