1. File Transfer Protocol: a software protocol for exchanging information between computers over a network.

  2. any program that implements this protocol.

verb (used with object),FTPed, FTP·ing.
  1. (often lowercase) to send (files) to or receive (files) from a remote computer via FTP.

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Origin of FTP

First recorded in 1970–75

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British Dictionary definitions for FTP


  1. file transfer protocol; the standard protocol used to transfer files across the internet, or a similar network, between computer systems

  2. the program implementing this

  1. (tr) to transfer (a file) in this way

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Scientific definitions for FTP


[ ĕf′tē-pē ]

  1. Short for File Transfer Protocol. A communications protocol governing the transfer of files between computers over a network. Compare HTTP SMTP.

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