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[pod-kast, ‐kahst] /ˈpɒdˌkæst, ‐ˌkɑst/ Digital Technology
a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer:
Download or subscribe to daily, one-hour podcasts of our radio show.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to record and upload as a podcast: He podcasts once a week on various topics.
She podcasts her lectures.
Origin of podcast
2000-05; (i)pod + (broad)cast
Related forms
podcaster, noun Unabridged
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an audio file similar to a radio broadcast, which can be downloaded and listened to on a computer, mp3 player, mobile phone, etc
verb -casts, -casting, -cast, -casted
(intransitive) to create such files and make them available for downloading
(transitive) to make (music, interviews, etc) available using this format
Derived Forms
podcaster, noun
podcasting, noun
Word Origin
from i(Pod) + broad(cast)
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Contemporary definitions for podcast

a Web-based audio broadcast via an RSS feed, accessed by subscription over the Internet


There is a podcast directory of offerings.


to deliver a Web-based audio broadcast via an RSS feed over the Internet to subscribers


They podcast a weekly political commentary.

Word Origin

2004; iPod + broadcast

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Word Origin and History for podcast

2004, noun and verb, from pod-, from iPod, brand of portable media player, + second element abstracted from broadcast. Related: Podcasting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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podcast in Technology

Any series of audio files that can be downloaded from the Internet, often released on some regular schedule, e.g. daily or weekly.
Podcasts are named after Apple Computer, Inc.'s iPod portable audio players, though most podcasts are in MP3 format and so can be played on virtually any modern audio player.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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