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[doun-lohd] /ˈdaʊnˌloʊd/ Computers.
verb (used with object)
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.
software, data, etc., that has been downloaded:
the best free music downloads.
the act or process of downloading.
Origin of download
down1 + load Unabridged
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  • They were easiest to solve with the whole team, downloading tons of dojinshi files and scouring them for answers to the puzzles.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for downloading


verb (transitive)
to copy or transfer (data or a program) into the memory of one computer system from a larger one
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
especially (Canadian) to delegate or assign (work, responsibilities, costs, etc) to a someone at a lower level of an organization; off-load
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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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downloading in Science
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
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