download

[doun-lohd]
verb (used with object) Computers.
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:
down1 + load

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

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download
1977 (n.), 1980 (v.), from down (adv.) + load (v.). Related: Downloading.
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Science Dictionary
download   (doun'lōd')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Computing Dictionary

download definition

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)

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Example sentences
With every download of data, the time baseline of the light curves is extended.
Anyone who has waited for a web page to download can appreciate the limitations
  of data transfer.
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