Definition of File transfer protocol

1. Noun. Protocol that allows users to copy files between their local system and any system they can reach on the network.

Exact synonyms: Ftp
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Communications Protocol, Protocol
Specialized synonyms: Anonymous File Transfer Protocol, Anonymous Ftp
Derivative terms: Ftp

Definition of File transfer protocol

1. Noun. A standard network protocol used to transfer files from one host to another over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of File Transfer Protocol

file extension
file extensions
file folder
file in
file name
file name extension
file off
file out
file section
file server
file sharing
file shredder
file size
file snake
file system
file transfer protocol (current term)
file type
file types

Literary usage of File transfer protocol

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Educator's Guide to Electronic Networking: Creating Virtual Communities by Barbara L. Kurshans (1996)
"file transfer protocol—See FTP. Remote file transfer—The transfer of a file from a remote host ... FTP—file transfer protocol. It is the Internet standard, ..."

2. Moving and Accessing SAS(R) 9.1 Files by Institute SAS Institute (2004)
"file transfer protocol (FTP) See FTP (file transfer protocol). fileref (file ... FTP (file transfer protocol) a TCP/IP-specific application protocol that is ..."

3. Signposts in Cyberspace: The Domain Name System And Internet Navigation by National Research Council (U.S.) (2005)
"... resided was found,31 and then the desired file was found.32 A good example of this host-oriented navigation is the file transfer protocol (FTP). ..."

4. Teachers & Technology: Making the Connection by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"FTP (file transfer protocol) A standard technique for transferring files among dissimilar ... A program that transfers files using file transfer protocol. ..."

5. National Information Systems Security '95 (18th) Proceedings: Making by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"Most Internet novices are familiar with the FTP (file transfer protocol), ... The first is the Trivial file transfer protocol (TFTP), and the second is FSP ..."

6. Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Developer's Workshopby John Clark Craig, Jeff Webb by John Clark Craig, Jeff Webb (1998)
"OCX) lets you copy files from Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers and lets you browse directories of files and ..."

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