[ dahy-uhl-uhp, dahyl- ]
/ ˈdaɪ əlˌʌp, ˈdaɪl- /
relating to or denoting a type of computer data transmission encoded in audio format and transmitted through a telephone call to an internet service provider: A dial-up connection to the internet is too slow to play most online video games.
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Origin of dial-up
First recorded in 1960–65; adjective use of verb phrase dial up
historical usage of dial-up
Words nearby dial-up
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Example sentences from the Web for dial-up
Some people are using landline connections and dial-up modems to call ISPs in other countries and get onto the Internet.