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What does the "zip" in the following mean in the context?
LEGO's DesignByME site brings some order to this chaos, offering digital design tools so kids can create a toy entirely from their imagination. When satisfied, they simply zip their creation to the company. LEGO will then manufacture the parts and send them in a box the kids also designed.
I would say there are two possible meanings. The most likely I think would be option (5) here: Zip | Define Zip at Dictionary.com.
However they could also refer to compressing the digital design for an easier file transfer - this link might be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_(file_format). I have heard "zip" used as a verb to refer to the process of compression in this manner, although I don't think it's made it into many dictionaries yet.
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Thank you all.
Even in the '60s (before the widespread use of e-mail, and long before the invention of WinZip) I remember small ads in Mad magazine - advertising things I couldn't buy, because US mail was the only possible delivery system - using 'zip' to mean just 'send' (possibly with an implication of doing it quickly and/or using a ZIP code - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - I wasn't sure [not my language ])