- to transfer a copy of a file or program in this way
- to be transferred in this way: the program takes two hours to download
A program is being downloaded.
- 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.
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.
From down- + load.
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).
Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
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 is the reverse. The time it takes to download depends on file size and network speed. Via analog dial-up modems, Web pages take several seconds, and a 10MB file can take an hour. DSL, cable and FiOS are from 15 to 600 times faster, reaching the same speed as downloading from a server within the local network (LAN). From the Internet Downloading images, articles and applications from the Internet is no more than "Click Here" on a Web page. The only thing users must know is what to do with the downloaded file. If the download is an app, it must be installed, which can happen automatically or require the user to take one more step and install the 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 a file manager, such as Explorer, users can locate the files by computer and folder name. See file manager. From the Computer to Mobile Devices Transferring files to an iPod, smartphone or tablet 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.