dial-up

adjective
\ ˈdī(-ə)l-ˌəp How to pronounce dial-up (audio) \

Definition of dial-up

: relating to or being a standard telephone line used for computer communications also : accessible via a standard telephone line a dial-up Internet provider

First Known Use of dial-up

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Dial-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dial-up. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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