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  1. present participle of upload


  1. action of the verb to upload

Extensive Definition

Uploading and downloading are related terms used to describe the transfer of electronic data between two computers or similar systems. More colloquially, they are sometimes applied to transfers to/from removable media such as CDs.


To download is to receive data from a remote or central system, such as a webserver, FTP server, mail server, or other similar systems. A download is any file that is offered for downloading or that has been downloaded. The word's primary usage comes in the form of a verb. Increasingly, websites that offer streaming media or media displayed in-browser, such as YouTube, and which place restrictions on the ability of users to save these materials to their computers after they have been received, say that downloading is not permitted. That is, "download" is used to mean "receive and save" instead of simply "receive".


The opposite operation, to upload, is to send data from a local system to a remote system, FTP server, or website. For example, "Uploading a video to Wikipedia" means sending a video to the website. The difference between uploading and downloading is downloading means to receive and uploading means to send.


When applied to local transfers or copies, for example "Uploading all pictures from the digital camera to the computer" or "Downloading the edited pictures to CD", the "up" and "down" prefixes may be used indifferently, though one convention is to use "uploading" for transfer from a smaller to a larger storage medium and "downloading" for transfer from a larger to a smaller storage medium.


uploading in Danish: Downloade
uploading in German: Herunterladen
uploading in Esperanto: Elŝuto
uploading in Spanish: Descargar (archivos)
uploading in Persian: بارگذاری
uploading in French: Téléchargement
uploading in Indonesian: Unduh dan muat
uploading in Italian: Scaricamento
uploading in Japanese: ダウンロード
uploading in Korean: 업로드와 다운로드
uploading in Dutch: Downloaden
uploading in Polish: Download
uploading in Portuguese: Download
uploading in Romanian: Încărcare şi descărcare
uploading in Simple English: Download
uploading in Slovenian: Downloadanje
uploading in Thai: อัปโหลด และ ดาวน์โหลด
uploading in Urdu: زیراثقال و زبراثقال
uploading in Vietnamese: Tải dữ liệu trên mạng
uploading in Chinese: 上載和下載
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