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Internet address

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 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

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 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.