What does GIF mean in File Extensions?

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CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format Bitmap graphics file

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What does GIF mean?

GIF(n.)
The Graphics Interchange Format, one of the most popular standardized formats for storing graphic data in binary computer files. The standard has been revised several times, and includes provisions for interlacing and animating images. Its disadvantage is that it can store only 256 colors. Compare JPEG.

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