from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A large network{3} of numerous computers connected through a number of major nodes of high-speed computers having high-speed communications channels between the major nodes, and numerous minor nodes allowing electronic communication among millions of computers around the world; -- usually referred to as the internet. It is the basis for the World-Wide Web.

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  • noun Any set of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol. (An intranet.)
  • noun The Internet, the largest global internet.
  • noun An internet connection, internet connectivity, access to the internet.

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  • noun a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange


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    The black silhouette against the darkness shook its head. "The pleasures even of these contacts are much exaggerated," said the polite level voice.

    - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

    April 1, 2008

  • Do you think the “Internet” should be capitalized or is it time to minusculize it?

    I’ll probably use the word in a formal (American English) text and I would like to make it look progressive, but not at the expense of moderateness.

    (As comparison: I now prefer “email” to “e-mail”.)

    There is also a Wikipedia article about this topic.


    January 16, 2010

  • lower case plural with article always makes me smile... "the internets".

    January 16, 2010

  • Yeah, that’s Bush-speak: Wikipedia: internets ^^

    And there is also a video.

    January 16, 2010

  • I use this a lot.

    May 30, 2013

  • In 1992, all the websites on the internet were listed in one book.. this one:

    The whole Internet: user's guide & catalog by Ed Krol.

    February 20, 2014