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[dahy-uh l-uhp, dahyl-] /ˈdaɪ əlˌʌp, ˈdaɪl-/
adjective, Computers.
of or relating to a terminal that links to a computer by dialing a telephone number.
Origin of dial-up
adj. use of verb phrase dial up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Railroad cars of course being the dial-up modems of the day.
  • The days of dial-up modems may be gone, but some websites are still surprisingly sluggish.
  • If you work anywhere else-or if you surf from home-you are probably using dial-up access.
  • They spend more time-and money-online than dial-up peons.
  • He reckons that broadband is not a replacement for dial-up access, but an add-on.
  • Even those who found they could reach some websites experienced download speeds reminiscent of antiquated dial-up service.
  • Well, though it may sound archaic, a good old-fashioned dial-up connection might be the best choice.
  • And if you think ads slow down page loads now, readers had to download the first banner ads over thin dial-up connections.
  • The dial-up stream would have been extremely small and of poor quality.

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