But bandwidth theft can be implied. By linking directly to a remote resource, you cannot avoid "stealing" bandwidth from the remote server. Put another way, every instance of hotlinking, by your definition, must result in the use of bandwidth from the accessed resource.
That's the whole point. You said that "to the majority of readers, 'hotlinking' means something else." I'm challenging that assumption. If readers have to look it up in a dictionary, they don't already have a preconception of what it means, do they?
I'd even go further. Since I believe that most people think hotlinking is a form of bandwidth theft, I regard the definition given at dictionary.com to be inaccurate.
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