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cyberspace

[sahy-ber-speys] /ˈsaɪ bərˌspeɪs/
noun
1.
the realm of electronic communication.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90; cyber(netic) + space
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Examples from the web for cyberspace
  • In today's cyberspace-paced world, ingredients evolve from gourmet to everyday practically overnight.
  • Bringing the world to you but not you to the world, cyberspace is not a dressy place.
  • Even if the computer crashed, there is a backup in cyberspace.
  • He later blossoms into legend with the prize-winning fiction that gives the world the term cyberspace.
  • Hours later he punches a button on his computer and an electronic scream of rage races into cyberspace.
  • Now cyberspace lets you talk with one another directly.
  • Increasingly, cyberspace is also where photographers go to learn technique and stay current.
  • The site's archive is said to contain the largest collection of annotated astronomy images in cyberspace.
  • But the text, which was loose in cyberspace, continued to spread anyway.
  • But this volume calls attention to itself in another way: it takes a flying leap into cyberspace.
British Dictionary definitions for cyberspace

cyberspace

/ˈsaɪbəˌspeɪs/
noun
1.
all of the data stored in a large computer or network represented as a three-dimensional model through which a virtual-reality user can move
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Contemporary definitions for cyberspace
noun

See Cyberia

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Word Origin and History for cyberspace
n.

1982, often as two words at first, coined by science fiction writer William Gibson (best known for "Neuromancer") and used by him in a short story published in 1982, from cyber- (see cybernetics) + space (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cyberspace in Science
cyberspace
  (sī'bər-spās')   
The electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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cyberspace in Culture

cyberspace definition


The space in which computer transactions occur, particularly transactions between different computers. We say that images and text on the Internet exist in cyberspace, for example. The term is also often used in conjunction with virtual reality, designating the imaginary place where virtual objects exist. For example, if a computer produces a picture of a building that allows the architect to “walk” through and see what a design would look like, the building is said to exist in cyberspace.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cyberspace

cyberspace

noun

The putative or apparent ''space,'' be it mental, electronic, or ''virtual,'' in which computer phenomena, operations, and experiences take place; in particular, the universe of computer networks

[mid1980s+; seemingly coined by the science-fiction writer William Gibson and used in his 1986 book Count Zero]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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cyberspace in Technology

jargon
/si:'ber-spays/ 1. (Coined by William Gibson) Notional "information-space" loaded with visual cues and navigable with brain-computer interfaces called "cyberspace decks"; a characteristic prop of cyberpunk SF. In 1991 serious efforts to construct virtual reality interfaces modelled explicitly on Gibsonian cyberspace were already under way, using more conventional devices such as glove sensors and binocular TV headsets. Few hackers are prepared to deny outright the possibility of a cyberspace someday evolving out of the network (see network, the).
2. Occasionally, the metaphoric location of the mind of a person in hack mode. Some hackers report experiencing strong eidetic imagery when in hack mode; interestingly, independent reports from multiple sources suggest that there are common features to the experience. In particular, the dominant colours of this subjective "cyberspace" are often grey and silver, and the imagery often involves constellations of marching dots, elaborate shifting patterns of lines and angles, or moire patterns.
[Jargon File]
(1999-02-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for cyberspace

Like the Land of Oz, cyberspace was originally the invention of a writer, the science-fiction novelist William Gibson. While Oz remains the domain of a wizard and a little girl from Kansas, however, cyberspace has leapt off the page to become a subject of wide public interest and debate. As both a dream and a reality, it has sparked renewed discussion about the social and economic assumptions underlying our present means of communication, as well as the role of technology in our lives. By the beginning of 1995, there was a growing consensus that cyberspace had become a region that could significantly affect the structure of our economies, the development of our communities, and the protection of our rights as free citizens

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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