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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He woke up aching all over - somehow his airbed had deflated in the night and there was nothing to cushion him from the cold ground.
▪ Learning new skills can boost egos that were deflated by losing a job.
▪ The balloon gradually lost altitude as we deflated it and came in to land.
▪ The report will deflate arguments by city officials that they cannot reduce pollution.
▪ At the time I was deflated, but I have since realized that Don was giving me a star to steer by.
▪ But from our many interviews with sportspeople we have learned that the mystical aspects of sport can also be deflated and suppressed.
▪ But if it doesn't happen there is no way Lewis will be deflated.
▪ Equally, it is no coincidence that we hear a good deal less of it now that the bubble is deflating.
▪ He was like a slightly deflated version of John Hall, only much more cheerful.
▪ Kennedy, seeking to deflate the pressure, resorted to a tricky tactic.
▪ The Republican takeover of Congress deflated that notion, though, and he no longer stresses it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

deflate \de*flate"\, v. t. [Pref. de- down + L. flare, flatus to blow.] To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; as, to deflate a tire; to deflate expectations.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink 2 (context transitive economics English) To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices. 3 (context intransitive English) To become deflated. 4 (context transitive English) To let down or disappoint. 5 (cx transitive computing English) To compress (data) according to a particular algorithm.

  1. v. collapse by releasing contained air or gas; "deflate a balloon"

  2. release contained air or gas from; "deflate the air mattress"

  3. reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence" [syn: puncture]

  4. produce deflation in; "The new measures deflated the economy" [ant: inflate]

  5. reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency" [ant: inflate]

  6. become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air; "The balloons deflated" [ant: inflate]


In computing, deflate is a data compression algorithm and associated file format that uses a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding. It was originally defined by Phil Katz for version 2 of his PKZIP archiving tool. The file format was later specified in RFC 1951.

The original algorithm as designed by Katz was patented as and assigned to PKWARE, Inc. As stated in the RFC document, an algorithm producing DEFLATE files is widely thought to be implementable in a manner not covered by patents. This has led to its widespread use, for example in gzip compressed files, PNG image files and the .ZIP file format for which Katz originally designed it.

Usage examples of "deflate".

A single overarching pattern doubles back repeatedly on two names, words that camp out in the deflated oxygen tent that once fed the language center of his brain.

With that he broke the small pressure reservoir tube and deflated the endotracheal tube.

I spared an instant to hope fervently that one or both of her five-thousand-dollar investments were deflating at that very moment, and blinked over the bright footlights that lined the stage.

Men who had been confined to cities, chained to dull and humdrum toils, stagnating in the noisy haunts, sore and sick and deflated, standing for some impossible end, when let loose in the grey, iron-walled barrens of the desert were caught by a subtle and insidious enchantment that transfigured some, made beasts of most, and mysteriously bound all.

The poems that were written about the Spanish Civil War, for instance, were simply a deflated version of the stuff that Rupert Brooke and Co. were writing in 1914.

Hamid-Jones drifted past the ravaged heath of an indoor golf course, a drained and cracked pool with a deflated rubber raft resting on the bottom, rows of steam baths with their fixtures ripped out, demolished tennis courts with frayed nets still hanging.

The poems that were written about the Spanish Civil War, for instance, were simply a deflated version of the stuff that Rupert Brooke and Co.

After a particularly dull lecture to a group of uninterested undergraduates, he had returned, deflated and depressed, to find an E-mail communication.

Except for the inflating and deflating sacs, they were motionless, although busy life might be asquirm within them.

They opened every release valve on the gas bag and deflated it slowly then trod on the ballonets to help deflate them as well.

Whenever he looked at it, the ceiling bulged and then deflated, shiny as a lung.

Nicholas, feeling suddenly deflated, sat down on the edge of his burlwood desk.

He told Joelle van Dyne, she of the accent and baton and brainlocking beauty, told her in the course of an increasingly revealing conversation after kind of amazingly she had approached him at a Columbus Day Major Sport function and asked him to autograph a squooshy-sided football he'd kicked a hole through in practice the deflated bladder had landed in the Marching Terriers' sousaphone player's sousaphone and had been handed over to Joelle after extrication by the lardy tubist, sweaty and dumb under the girl's Ac-taeonizingly imploring gaze asked him Orin now also suddenly damp and blank on anything attractive to say or recite asked him in an emptily resonant drawl to inscribe the punctured thing for her Own Personal Daddy, one Joe Lon van Dyne of Shiny Prize KY and she said also of the Dyne-Riney Proton Donor Reagent Corp. of nearby Boaz KY, and engaged him (O.

The reasoning deflated Glass, yet still he said, "I'm honored, my lord.

And this more than anything deflated Lukien, for he knew that even a great fortress like Grimhold could not stand without men to secure it.