American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fireproof wall used as a barrier to prevent the spread of fire.
- n. Computer Science Any of a number of security schemes that prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to a computer network or that monitor transfers of information to and from the network.
- v. Slang To apply maximum acceleration or thrust. Used of motor vehicles or aircraft.
- n. A fireproof barrier used to prevent the spread of fire between or through buildings, structures, electrical substation transformers, or within an aircraft or vehicle.
- n. computer security The software that monitors traffic in and out of a private network or a personal computer and allows or blocks such traffic depending on its perceived threat.
- v. transitive, computer security To protect with a firewall.
- v. transitive, computer security To block with a firewall.
- v. intransitive, slang To use maximum acceleration.
- n. (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust
- n. a fireproof (or fire-resistant) wall designed to prevent the spread of fire through a building or a vehicle
- n. (computing) a security system consisting of a combination of hardware and software that limits the exposure of a computer or computer network to attack from crackers; commonly used on local area networks that are connected to the internet
- From fire + wall (Wiktionary)
“If you have been using the Internet for any length of time, and especially if you work at a larger company and browse the Web while you are at work, you have probably heard the term firewall used.”
“Every day we continue to be fat, dumb, and happy with our IANA private ranges and doing port address translation at the firewall is another day further ensconced in the inebriation of IPv4.”
“We probably need more than that, but a firewall is at least a first step.”
“ROBERTS: And Rudy Giuliani trying to play a strategy of being able to lose in Iowa and New Hampshire as Bill Clinton did and then in places like Florida, which he calls his firewall, New York and California, where he still has a tremendous base of support, being able to go that route to the nomination.”
“Comodo, the better (best?) firewall, is also not compatible, well there is a very new RC which is supposed to work, but it's no guarantee that it's working like the real releases.”
“In Q13, I hope the tiny percentage applying security patches excludes those getting pushed Windows updates automatically, and similarly I hope there are a lot of people unaware that their Windows firewall is on.”
“Shallow packet-inspection (like what your firewall is probably already doing) can prevent connectivity entirely.”
“For this, we make similar security assumptions that the consumer-grade firewall is already making, namely that if the user has physical access to the device at the time the device is first turned on, then they must own the device.”
“Juniper gained a big presence in firewall/VPN systems with its 2004 acquisition of NetScreen.”
“ZoneAlarm is a free software firewall from a company called Check Point.”
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