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trademark a file transfer protocol which enables users to upload and download large files on the internet in the form of software, games, film, video, music, etc, from other users rather than from a central server
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C21: from bit³ (sense 1) + torrent, the name used in this system for a file that allows the data to be downloaded
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peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, implemented in 2001, from bit (n.2) in the computing sense + torrent.

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