- The definition of a download is the act of transferring files or a program from one computer to another computer, or something transferred to a computer.
- An example of a download is the act of loading files from your friend's computer to your computer.
- An example of a download is a new version of Internet Explorer transferred to a personal computer.
- To download is defined as to transfer files or a program from one computer to another computer.
An example of to download is to get the latest version of the Mozilla program installed onto a personal computer.
A program is being downloaded.
verbdown·load·ed, down·load·ing, down·loads
- A file that has been downloaded.
- An instance of downloading data or a program.
(third-person singular simple present downloads, present participle downloading, simple past and past participle downloaded)
- To transfer (computer data, especially as one or more files) from a remote computer (server) to a local computer, usually via a network.
- You can download a trial version of the program for thirty days to determine whether you want to purchase the full version.
- (nonstandard) upload; to copy a file from a local computer to a remote computer via a network.
- (nonstandard) to transfer a file to or from removable media.
- I needed to download photos to a CD-ROM
- (nonstandard) to install software.
download - Computer Definition
To transfer a file copy from a remote computer to a local computer over a network. See also upload.
To transfer information from one computer to another over a network or modem. This is commonly done through the Internet nowadays or through a Bulletin Board System (BBS).
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To transmit a file over a network. In a communications session, "download" and "upload" imply a remote/local scenario, in which data are being downloaded from the "remote" server into the user's "local" computer. Uploading sends data from the local computer to the remote computer. The time it takes to download data depends on file size and network speed. Via analog dial-up modems, Web pages take a few seconds, but a 10MB file can take an hour. Downloading over DSL or cable can be from 15 to 600 times faster, and downloading from a server on a local area network (LAN) can be faster yet. From the Internet Downloading images, articles and applications from the Internet has become a snap with "Click Here" links on Web pages. The only thing users must know is how to find the downloaded files in the computer. If the download is an application, it must be installed, which can be an automatic operation or require the user to take one more step by running the install program. See download protocol and client download. From the Local Network (LAN) In a server in a private network, files are placed in sharable folders that can be downloaded to users' computers. Using their operating system's file manager, such as Explorer, users can locate the files by computer name and folder name. See file manager. From the Computer to Mobile Devices Although the term download is used, transferring files to an iPod, smartphone or tablet that is plugged into the USB port of a computer is technically a copy function and not a download. The mobile device appears as just another storage drive in the same computer. See Internet speed.