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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  download 
  v  :  transfer  a  file  or  program  from  a  central  computer  to  a 
  smaller  computer  or  to  a  computer  at  a  remote  location 
  [ant:  {upload}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  download  vt  To  transfer  data  or  (esp.)  code  from  a  far-away 
  system  (especially  a  larger  `host'  system)  over  a  digital  communications 
  link  to  a  nearby  system  (especially  a  smaller  `client'  system. 
  Oppose  {upload}. 
 
  Historical  use  of  these  terms  was  at  one  time  associated  with 
  transfers  from  large  timesharing  machines  to  PCs  or  peripherals  (download) 
  and  vice-versa  (upload).  The  modern  usage  relative  to  the  speaker  (rather 
  than  as  an  indicator  of  the  size  and  role  of  the  machines)  evolved  as 
  machine  categories  lost  most  of  their  former  functional  importance. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  download 
 
    To  transfer  data  or  (especially)  code  from  one 
  computer  to  another.  The  distinction  between  downloading  and 
  uploading  is  hazy  but  downloading  often  refers  to  transfer 
  from  a  larger  host"  system  (especially  a  {server}  or 
  {mainframe})  to  a  smaller  client"  system,  especially  a 
  {microcomputer}  or  specialised  peripheral. 
 
  Opposite:  {upload}. 
 
  However,  note  that  ground-to-space  communications  has  its  own 
  usage  rule  for  this  term.  Space-to-earth  transmission  is 
  always  down"  and  the  reverse  up"  regardless  of  the  relative 
  size  of  the  computers  involved.  So  far  the  in-space  machines 
  have  invariably  been  smaller;  thus  the  upload/download 
  distinction  has  been  reversed  from  its  usual  sense 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1994-12-07) 
 
 




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