from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An acronym for file transfer protocol, a standardized protocol used to allow transmission of files between computers. It consists of a set of coded signals which are transmitted between computers, and which inform the receiving computer of the nature of a packet of information to be transmitted, and inform the transmitting computer when a packet has been successfully received.
  • transitive v. To send from one computer to another by means of the standard file transfer protocol (ftp).

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  • n. protocol that allows users to copy files between their local system and any system they can reach on the network
  • v. use the file transfer protocol to transfer data from one computer to another


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  • I'd say FTPing. There are a whole host of other words I would use if I had to write it out, but if I had to transcribe it, that's what I'd do.

    July 5, 2007

  • I use FTPing. The caps make all the difference.

    July 4, 2007

  • Sounds like a personal problem. ;-)

    July 4, 2007

  • would the gerund form of the verb 'to ftp' be 'ftpeeing'?

    July 4, 2007