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download

[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
down1 + load
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Examples for downloading
  • Fill out the form and you will be emailed instruction on downloading your ticket.
  • The transcripts of this and all other conferences are available for downloading there.
  • One alternative to suing individuals is taking action against the companies that facilitate downloading.
  • It is well known that musicians suffer greatly due to illegal downloading of their music.
  • We have no way of quickly downloading these patterns.
  • Having the option of downloading the video would solve this problem.
  • downloading something they shouldn't have, or not keeping anti-virus software up to date.
  • They could sample the tracks, and if they liked the music, they could take the additional step of downloading them.
  • What makes smart phones attractive--the ability to customize them by downloading applications--is what makes them dangerous.
  • There is no need of downloading and installing as this is not a software.
British Dictionary definitions for downloading

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 downloading

download

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

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downloading 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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downloading in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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