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local area network

noun
1.
a system for linking private telecommunications equipment, as in a building or cluster of buildings.
2.
Computers. a system for linking personal computers and workstations with each other in order to share data, devices, programs, etc.: usually confined to one office, building, or home.
Compare network (def 3).
Also, LAN
[lan] /læn/ (Show IPA)
.
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local area network

noun
1.
(computing) the linking of a number of different devices by cable within a system LAN
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local area network
  (lō'kəl)   
See LAN.
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