Share this entry
multicast Line breaks: multi|cast
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌltikɑːst/

Definition of multicast in English:

verb (past and past participle multicast)

[with object]
Send (data) across a computer network to several users at the same time: the circuits can multicast data streams [no object]: an Internet radio station has been multicasting for more than a year
More example sentences
  • An arrangement for multicasting digital data to a user accessing an Internet connection is disclosed.
  • As with quality of service, the number of providers involved makes multicasting a complex process, but one that is necessary for efficient use of bandwidth on a global information infrastructure.
  • Plus, with multicasting, the networks could form their own mini-cable systems to compete with the industry.


Back to top  
A set of data sent across a computer network to many users at the same time: live multicasts of events at the National Press Club
More example sentences
  • For only a very small part of the total bandwidth budget, a data cell could offer multicasts of everything you can currently find on cable TV.
  • The presentation can be coordinated as a multicast to simultaneous users and as a unicast, for users who want to see the presentation after the fact.
  • There is a middle ground between broadcasts and unicasts, and that is a multicast.
Definition of multicast in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources