Internet address n.
1. [techspeak] An absolute network address of the form email@example.com, 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 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:
- 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.