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
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British Dictionary definitions for dvd


abbreviation for

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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Science definitions for dvd


[ dē′vē-dē ]

A compact disk designed to store large amounts of data, especially high-resolution audio-visual material.
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Culture definitions for dvd


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.

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