Internet Address

/in-tər-ˌnet ə-ˈdres/

n. 1. [techspeak] An absolute network address of the form This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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 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 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.