minification

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mini- +‎ -ification

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minification (countable and uncountable, plural minifications)

  1. The reduction in apparent size of objects viewed through a lens or mirror shaped so as to increase the field of view, such as a convex or aspheric mirror or a Fresnel lens.
  2. (computing) The removal of white space and unnecessary characters from a web page's source code in order to reduce its size and improve download time.
    • 2010, Stoyan Stefanov, JavaScript Patterns, O'Reilly, page 36:
      Minification is the process of eliminating white space, comments, and other non-essential parts of the JavaScript code to decrease the size of the JavaScript files that need to be transferred from the server to the browser.

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