Download and Upload

Download

In computer networks, to download means to receive data to a local system from a remote system, or to initiate such a data transfer.

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}]

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.

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)

Upload

In computer networks, to download means to receive data to a local system from a remote system, or to initiate such a data transfer.

upload v : transfer a file or program to a central computer from a smaller computer or a computer at a remote location [ant: {download}]

upload /uhp'lohd/ v. 1. [techspeak] To transfer programs or data over a digital communications link from a system near you (especially a smaller or peripheral `client' system) to one further away from you (especially a larger or central `host' system). A transfer in the other direction is, of course, called a {download} 2. [speculatively] To move the essential patterns and algorithms that make up one's mind from one's brain into a computer. Those who are convinced that such patterns and algorithms capture the complete essence of the self view this prospect with pleasant anticipation.

upload /uhp'lohd/ To transfer programs or data over a digital communications link from a smaller or peripheral "client" system to a larger or central "host" one. Opposite: {download}. [{Jargon File}] (1994-10-27)

Data Sources:

  • download: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • download: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • download: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • upload: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • upload: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • upload: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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