[ dahy-uhl-uhp, dahyl- ]

  1. 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.

Origin of dial-up

First recorded in 1960–65; adjective use of verb phrase dial up

word story For dial-up

See internet.

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How to use dial-up in a sentence

  • This would obviate the necessity of setting the zero of the dial up to the pointer at the initial imprint.

    The Art of Inventing | Edwin J. Prindle
  • Then run it dial up for twenty-four hours and make a notation as to the number of seconds either fast or slow.

  • The testing should preferably be done in the dial up position to eliminate poise errors as much as possible.

  • She draws the watch from her waistbelt, and holds the dial up.

    The Death Shot | Mayne Reid