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An Internet Dictionary

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The computer industry and the Internet are adding new words everyday to our language. Learn the meaning of these new terms in words you can understand.
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database
A software program containing searchable information. The user analyzes, manipulates and organizes information in the database.
dead link
A dead link is any Web page or Internet site you jump to that has a broken link. Dead links are Web pages or Internet sites that have the wrong address or an incorrect URL.
delete
A keyboard command to remove letters, words, sentences or blocks of text.
dialog box
A box where the user types a response. A dialog box can be a form or a checklist.
directory
The file cabinets on the computer where programs, folders and files are stored.
disk
Also called diskette or floppy disk. A 3 1/2" or 5 3/4" disk that holds computer information, files or programs.
disk drive
A thin slot in the front of the computer that holds and reads information and files off the disk into the computer's memory.
document
Words written on a word processor. A document may include words, images or icons.
domain name
The name of an organization, company, school, government or person on the Web. The type of organization follows a domain name. For example, ibm.com where IBM is the company and .com indicates it is a business: Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on domain name.
    The currently used domain names are:
  • .com for commercial organization or business
  • .edu for education
  • .gov for government
  • .net for network resource, machine or Internet Service Provider
  • .mil for military
  • .org for non profit organizations
download
To move programs or data from a server to a computer.
drive
A section of the computer that contains programs and files. Computers have
  1. A drive: the disk drive
  2. C drive: the main section where files are stored.
  3. Multimedia computers have another drive for the CD-ROM drive.
drop-down menu
Also called pull-down menu. A list of concealed commands or selections revealed when clicked on. It allows the user to select one or more items from a list of several choices.

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