asymmetric digital subscriber line

noun

variants or less commonly asymmetrical digital subscriber line
: a digital subscriber line in which information is transferred faster in one direction than the other
That is because Mr. Scaglia faces formidable competition from Telecom Italia, which is focusing on a less effective but also much less expensive broadband alternative known as ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line), which uses the telephone company's existing copper wires.Eric Sylvers
abbreviation ADSL

Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of asymmetric digital subscriber line was in 1991

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“Asymmetric digital subscriber line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asymmetric%20digital%20subscriber%20line. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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