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an optical disk that can store a very large amount of digital data, as text, music, or images.
Origin of DVD
1990-95; orig. d(igital) v(ideo) d(isk); then d(igital) v(ersatile) d(isk); now an abbreviation only Unabridged
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  • I set up the laptop on a dry bit of rock and booted it from the DVD with her watching.

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British Dictionary definitions for DVD


digital versatile or digital video disk: an optical disk used to store audio, video, or computer data, esp feature films for home viewing
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Word Origin and History for DVD

1995, initialism from Digital Video Disc, later changed to Digital Versatile Disc.

Earlier this year, electronics giant Toshiba positioned the first DVD players available in the U.S. as a home entertainment unit (retail price $600). ["Black Enterprise" magazine, June 1997]

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DVD in Science
A compact disk designed to store large amounts of data, especially high-resolution audio-visual material.
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DVD in Culture

DVD definition

An abbreviation for digital versatile disc or digital video disc. A DVD is a high-capacity disc storage system. It is often preferred to move videotapes for its superior sound and video quality.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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