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Internet

[in-ter-net]
noun
a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide (usually preceded by the ). The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental, and other networks, all of which use the same set of communications protocols.

Origin:
1990–95

Internet, intranet.
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internet (ˈɪntəˌnɛt)
 
n
(sometimes with a capital) the internet Also known as: the Net the single worldwide computer network that interconnects other computer networks, on which end-user services, such as World Wide Web sites or data archives, are located, enabling data and other information to be exchanged

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Internet
1985, "the linked computer networks of the U.S. Defense Department," shortened from internetwork, from inter- + network.
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Internet   (ĭn'tər-nět')  Pronunciation Key 
A system connecting computers around the world using TCP/IP, which stands for Transmission control Protocol/Internet Protocol, a set of standards for transmitting and receiving digital data. The Internet consists primarily of the collection of billions of interconnected webpages that are transferred using HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and are collectively known as the World Wide Web. The Internet also uses FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to transfer files, and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) to transfer e-mail.
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Internet definition


The global communication network that allows almost all computers worldwide to connect and exchange information. Some of the early impetus for such a network came from the U.S. government network Arpanet, starting in the 1960s.

Note: Some scholars have argued that the access to massive amounts of information, together with the widespread ability to communicate, has altered the way that human beings perceive reality.
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