Internet Address N. 1. [techspeak] An Absolute Network Address Of The Form Foo@bar.

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Internet address n.

1. [techspeak] An absolute network
address of the form foo@bar.baz, 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
the network and network address. All Internet ma
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:

commercial organizations
educational institutions
U.S. government civilian sites
U.S. military sites

Note that most of the sites in the com and edu domains are in
the U.S. or Canada.

sites in the U.S. outside the functional domains
sites in the ex-Soviet Union (see kremvax).
sites in the United Kingdom

Within the us domain, there are subdomains for the fifty
states, each generally with a name identical to the state's 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.