Sometimes abbreviated as DL, D/L, or DLing, download is a term used to describe the process of copying data from one computer to another, either over a network or modem. For example, each time you visit a web page on the Internet, you download the information on the page, including any pictures, to your computer. The term download is often associated with pictures, songs, videos, and programs.
When you download a file or program, you'll see a down arrow with an underscore which indicates that the download has initiated.
Copying vs. downloading
Many new computer users inappropriately refer to copying files as downloading. When you are copying a file from your computer to another drive or folder on the same computer, you're copying that file and not downloading the file. If you are copying a file from a different computer to your computer, you are downloading the file.
Downloading a hard copy
When wanting to create a hard copy (print out) of a document, web page, recipe, etc. nothing needs to be download. The program of where you're viewing what you want to print is capable of printing without doing a download.
Examples sites from which you may download
How fast can I download?
The speed at which your computer downloads a file depends largely on the speed of your Internet or network connection as well as the size of the file. A faster Internet or network connection results in a shorter amount of time to download a file.