digital subscriber line


: a high-speed communications connection used for accessing the Internet and carrying short-range transmissions over ordinary telephone lines
abbreviation DSL

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While at Telcordia, Shumate conducted research in such areas as fiber access, digital subscriber line, and powering systems. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Sep. 2019 The company advertises and sells digital subscriber line (DSL) internet service in several plans, based on download speed. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 5 May 2022 That’s still generally better than DSL (digital subscriber line), but downright glacial by 2021 standards. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2020 Hillsdale resident Tod Wohlfarth pays $110 a month for a low-speed digital subscriber line from Consolidated Communications. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2020 Residential consumers started to sign up for high-speed internet provided by phone companies (DSL, or digital subscriber line, service) and cable companies. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digital subscriber line was in 1984

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“Digital subscriber line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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