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[in-truh-net] /ˈɪn trəˌnɛt/
a computer network with restricted access, as within a company, that uses software and protocols developed for the Internet.
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Internet, intranet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intranet
  • Laptops and ubiquitous access to the campus intranet were essential elements from the start.
  • Corporate security is already all about securing the entries into the private intranet.
  • There are several software packages available that let you set up a wiki on a local intranet server.
  • Or go on your company's intranet site and look for a health portal.
  • Bring your corporate business card to a wireless carrier's store or check your company's intranet site for particulars.
  • Check out the different corporate web sites or go to you own company's intranet location.
  • Using our intranet to replace paper forms has produced striking results for us.
  • Only when the packet gets handed off to the corporate intranet is it decrypted and routed to the recipient.
  • At many companies, the human resources department has found a natural home on an intranet.
British Dictionary definitions for intranet


(computing) an internal network that makes use of internet technology
Word Origin
C20: from intra- + net1 (sense 8), modelled on internet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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intranet in Science
A privately maintained computer network that only authorized persons can access. Many corporations and institutions, for example, communicate with employees or members through the use of a private intranet.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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intranet in Technology

Any network which provides similar services within an organisation to those provided by the Internet outside it but which is not necessarily connected to the Internet. The commonest example is the use by a company of one or more World-Wide Web servers on an internal TCP/IP network for distribution of information within the company.
Since about 1995, intranets have become a major growth area in corporate computing due to the availability of cheap or free commercial browser and web server software which allows them to provide a simple, uniform hypertext interface to many kinds of information and application programs.
Some companies give limited access to their intranets to other companies or the general public. This is known as an "extranet".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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