IP address


IP address

noun \ˈīˈpē-\

Definition of IP ADDRESS

:  the numeric address of a computer on the Internet

Origin of IP ADDRESS

Internet protocol
First Known Use: 1985

IP address

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Number that uniquely identifies each computer on the Internet. A computer's IP address may be permanently assigned or supplied each time that it connects to the Internet by an Internet service provider. In order to accommodate the extraordinary growth in the number of devices connected to the Internet, a 32-bit protocol standard, known as IPv4, began to be replaced by a 128-bit protocol, IPv6, in 2000. See also TCP/IP; domain name; URL.

Variants of IP ADDRESS

IP address in full Internet Protocol address

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