see also: Internet
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɪntəˌnɛt/
  • (America) enPR: ĭnʹtərnĕt', IPA: /ˈɪɾ̃ɚˌnɛt/, /ˈɪntɚˌnɛt/

internet (plural internets)

  1. (countable) Any set of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol. (An intranet.)
  2. The Internet, the largest global internet.
  3. (uncountable) An internet connection, internet connectivity, access to the internet.
    Do you have internet at your place?  My internet is down and I want to check my email.
  4. (countable, Internet slang, humorous) A fictitious unit of scoring, awarded for making outstanding posts.
    • 2008, Anonology, [// Re: Narconon Exposed tonight on Canadian TV], alt.religion.scientology, Usenet
      You did a nice job there Patty... you came off as intelligent, well-spoken, and concerned about the well being of the victims, in stark contrast to the self-serving, uncaring, unconcerned attitude of the Narconon spokeswoman. 100 internets for you!
    • 2010, Bilbo, [// Looking for a Billiard], alt.smokers.pipes, Usenet
      That's not a must, but 1000 internets go to the first person to find one.
    • 2010, [// Re: What Did You Watch? 2011-11-10 (Thursday)],, Usenet
      You win one internet.
    • 2011, [// 10 Not So Insanely Great Things Apple Released Under Steve Jobs],, Usenet
      I hope this is sarcastic. Otherwise -100 internets for you.
    • 2013, Devon H. O'Dell, [//], comp.os.plan9, Usenet
      Do I win an internet?

internet (internets, present participle internetting; past and past participle internetted)

  1. (computing, informal) To use the Internet; to search for something using the Internet; to surf the Internet.
    Having no idea what that means, I am internetting like mad.

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɪntəˌnɛt/
  • (America) enPR: ĭnʹtərnĕt', IPA: /ˈɪntɚˌnɛt/, /ˈɪɾ̃ɚˌnɛt/
Proper noun
  1. The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreword", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xi
      […] if you think the Internet existed in 1970, I can only guess that the education system has left at least one child behind.
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