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[brawd-band] /ˈbrɔdˌbænd/
of, pertaining to, or responsive to a continuous, wide range of frequencies.
Compare sharp (def 23).
pertaining to or denoting a type of high-speed data transmission in which the bandwidth is shared by more than one simultaneous signal.
broadband transmission.
1900-05; broad + band2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for broadband
  • broadband is everywhere and you might use a tablet or a laptop to surf the web.
  • We will improve the speed at which data travels in space every-so-slightly faster than the previous generation of broadband.
  • And kids on college campuses have instant access to super-high-speed broadband.
  • It usually takes less than a minute for someone with a broadband connection to download an hourlong program.
  • It's time to unleash more spectrum to expand broadband.
  • And with a good broadband connection, you don't have to worry about data charges.
  • Imagine if the wireless carriers controlled your wired broadband connection or your television set.
  • The idea is to make gamers out of news junkies with broadband access.
  • Now the city is in the process of blanketing itself with a wireless broadband network.
  • Penalties would be stiffened, too, with persistent pirates losing their broadband connections.
British Dictionary definitions for broadband


a transmission technique using a wide range of frequencies that enables messages to be sent simultaneously, used in fast internet connections See also baseband
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Contemporary definitions for broadband

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Word Origin and History for broadband

type of high-speed Internet access widely available from 2006, from broad (adj.) + band (n.1).

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broadband in Culture

broadband definition

In communications technology, the ability to send many signals over a single cable or other such communication medium. Broadband technology allows enormous amounts of data, such as that for movie videos, to be transferred over limited information infrastructure.

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broadband in Technology

A class of communication channel capable of supporting a wide range of frequencies, typically from audio up to video frequencies. A broadband channel can carry multiple signals by dividing the total capacity into multiple, independent bandwidth channels, where each channel operates only on a specific range of frequencies.
The term has come to be used for any kind of Internet connection with a download speed of more than 56 kbps, usually some kind of Digital Subscriber Line, e.g. ADSL. A broadband connection is typically always connected, in contrast to a dial-up connection, and a fixed monthly rate is charged, often with a cap on the total amount of data that can be transferred. Domestic broadband connections typically share a telephone line with normal voice calls and the two uses can occur simultaneously without interference.
See also baseband, narrowband.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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