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an optical disk that can store a very large amount of digital data, as text, music, or images.



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Origin of DVD

1990–95; originally 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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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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