Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to business conducted on the Internet: dot-com advertising.
  • adj. Of or relating to a company whose products or services deal with or are sold on the Internet: a dot-com brokerage firm.
  • n. A dot-com company.

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  • n. A business that carries out its functions primarily via the internet.

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

  • adj. of or relating to an internet company
  • n. a company that operates its business primarily on the internet using a URL that ends in `.com'

Etymologies

Pronunciation of .com.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Six months after Netscape went public, the phrase "dot-com" started showing up in TV commercials, and dozens of eventual Internet giants -- from Amazon -- followed.

  • The hottest deals for the new Internet company collectively became known as the dot-com boom, and you could hear taxi drivers, bus drivers, waitresses, secretaries, and schoolteachers debate the virtues of the latest golly-gee-willickers company with as much passion and sophistication as an investment banker.

    Superfusion

  • She had a job at a company called a dot-com, which got paid $100,000 to make, like, a single Web site.

    I'm Perfect, You're Doomed

  • But after congratulating itself on calling the dot-com and mortgage bubbles, it fails to answer it.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • When I was 25 and chosen to head an all-male team at a successful dot-com company, I could not accept my power.

    Morra Aarons-Mele: The Shifting Roles And Expectations For Men And Women

  • Our country has experienced larger bubbles — the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, for example — that were not nearly as devastating as the housing bubble.

    What Caused the Financial Crisis?

  • In an economy shy of a serious engine for growth to replace the fantasies that came before --the real estate fairy tale, the dot-com bubble -- significant job creation is dependent upon an aggressive government role in the short term, one that can catalyze the private sector investment needed to get commerce humming.

    Obama's Pivot: Pandering to Business

  • The region's economy grew rapidly from 2002 to 2007 as Boeing rebounded from the post-9/11 drop in aircraft production and tech companies recovered from the dot-com bust.

    Home Prices Continue Their Descent

  • There were a lot of reasons why the dot-com bubble burst, but one of them was that the end user wasn't even there yet.

    Business Climate: Sunny, No Bubble

  • A 2001 management shake-up, as Cisco grappled with a sharp falloff in sales after the dot-com boom, was designed to streamline the company.

    Cisco Investors Need a Switch

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