Typically in the form of a URL, an Internet Address is the designation of a specific virtual location, often comprising the hosting server, appropriate directory, and specific file to be accessed. The most familiar form of address comes in the form of http://, but others exist, such as telnet:// and many more.
Each address can also be referred to by a numeric code, generally in a form such as the following: 123.456.789.01:2345 - this is the 'real' address, with the above words being a mask for the humans who operate the computers to understand.
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- Internet address:: /n./ 1. [techspeak] An absolute network address of the form firstname.lastname@example.org, where foo is a user name, bar is a sitename, and baz is a domain name, possibly including periods itself. Contrast with bang path; see also network, the and network address. All Internet machines and most UUCP sites can now resolve these addresses, thanks to a large amount of behind-the-scenes magic and PD software written since 1980 or so. See also bang path, domainist. 2. More loosely, any network address reachable through Internet; this includes bang path addresses and some internal corporate and government networks. Reading Internet addresses is something of an art. Here are the four most important top-level functional Internet domains followed by a selection of geographical domains: com commercial organizations edu educational institutions gov U.S. government civilian sites mil U.S. military sites Note that most of the sites in the com and edu domains are in the U.S. or Canada. us sites in the U.S. outside the functional domains su sites in the ex-Soviet Union (see kremvax). uk sites in the United Kingdom Within the us domain, there are subdomains for the fifty states, each generally with a name identical to the states postal abbreviation. Within the uk domain, there is an ac subdomain for academic sites and a co domain for commercial ones. Other top-level domains may be divided up in similar ways.
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