Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system that links together electronic office equipment, such as computers and word processors, and forms a network within an office or building.

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  • n. Acronym of local area network.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A local area network; a network{3} connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment within a small area, to create an inter-office system, typically within one building or one site of a corporation. Contrasted to WAN, a wide-area network.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An administrative division of Sweden; a government at the head of which is a prefect nominated by the king.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between offices

Etymologies

l(ocal) a(rea) n(etwork).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Q3: Have you used a public wireless LAN from a device other than a laptop computer?

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  • Wake-on-LAN is a breeze to set up and use on your local network, and with a little legwork you can set it up so you can wake your computer away from your home network, as well.

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  • And if you understand terms like wireless router and fixed or dynamic IP number and can configure networks, you can also make money from the many here who are just learning what a LAN is but have no concept of configuration or setup

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  • I knew the book was a hit-or-miss item when I submitted it - either there would be a lot of interest in LAN parties, or it would be a niche book that nobody would know what to do with.

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  • The topics covered in that series also appear online in multimedia form through her magazine called LAN, which not only has print articles, but imbeds video from her television interviews.

    Kay Koplovitz: China's Oprah Winfrey, Yang Lan Leads Media Convergence Initiative

  • A doctor will be able to call LAN's translation center in Columbus, Ohio, at any hour of the day, pick among 150 languages -- including a range of Chinese dialects and American Sign Language -- and gain access to an interpreter who pops up on a screen.

    Hospitals: Rx for Communication

  • Our main feed server for our LAN is a 1999 model Apple G3 400 Yosemite server which has survived a direct lightning strike that killed 3 newer computers on our network, and has now run 24/7 for the past 8 years!

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  • The deal is the fifth out-of-court settlement in quick succession for Wi-LAN, which is due to take its case to trial starting on Feb. 3.

    Wi-LAN settles with Motorola units - Yahoo! Singapore Finance

  • So the push toward rightsizing the LAN was a big factor for us.

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  • Pinera had vowed to sell his total 26.3 percent stake in LAN, which is held in his holding companies Axxion and Santa Cecilia, before taking office on March 11 after winning last month's presidential run-off.

    Reuters: Top News

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