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[doun-lohd] /ˈdaʊnˌloʊd/
verb (used with object), Computers.
1.
to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a distant to a nearby computer, from a larger to a smaller computer, or from a computer to a peripheral device.
Origin of download
down1 + load
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download

/ˈdaʊnˌləʊd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to copy or transfer (data or a program) into the memory of one computer system from a larger one
2.
to broadcast specialist programmes, for such groups as doctors, outside normal broadcasting hours. They are often recorded on video tapes and viewed later Compare upload
3.
especially (Canadian) to delegate or assign (work, responsibilities, costs, etc) to a someone at a lower level of an organization; off-load
noun
4.
a file transferred onto a computer from another computer or the internet
Derived Forms
downloadable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for download

1977 (n.), 1980 (v.), from down (adv.) + load (v.). Related: Downloaded; downloading.

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download in Science
download
  (doun'lōd')   
To transfer data or programs from a server or host computer to one's own computer or digital device. Compare upload.
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download in Technology

jargon
To transfer data from one computer to another. Downloading usually refers to transfer from a larger "host" system (especially a server or mainframe) to a smaller "client" system, especially a microcomputer or specialised peripheral, and "upload" usually means from small to large.
Others hold that, technically, download means "receive" and upload means "send", irrespective of the size of the systems involved.
Note that in communications between ground and space, space-to-earth transmission is always "down" and the reverse "up", regardless of size. So far the in-space machines have invariably been smaller; thus the upload/download distinction has been reversed from its usual sense.
[Jargon File]
(2003-11-04)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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