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BitTorrent is both the name of a file sharing system (which includes both the BitTorrent protocol, the .torrent file format, and the torrent tracker) and the software which first implemented it.

It can also refer to:

  • the files downloaded via the BitTorrent protocol ("I downloaded a torrent of that TV show, so we can watch it now.")
  • the act of either uploading or downloading such files ("I'm torrenting some movies right now, which may be using bandwidth.")
    • Uploading tends to happen automatically as a result of downloading, due to the nature of the system.
  • a .torrent file, which acts as a sort of "key" to retrieve the desired files from the internet