In·​ter·​net ˈin-tər-ˌnet How to pronounce Internet (audio)
variants or internet
: an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world
used with the except when being used attributively
doing research on the Internet
an Internet search

Note: In U.S. publications, the capitalized form Internet continues to be more common than internet, although the lowercase form is rapidly gaining more widespread use. In British publications, internet is now the more common form.

compare world wide web

Examples of Internet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Engineers use them to track airflow, and cybersecurity and computer science professionals keep up with data movement and Internet activity. The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 In 2010, a story in Hillsboro, Ohio's Times-Gazette identified Myers as the editor of a now-defunct Internet news site called the Washington Blaze. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 12 Mar. 2024 And Internet sleuths had once again set to work going through cast and crew Instagrams, in search of evidence that could shame either party. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Facial recognition software, Internet monitoring, and ubiquitous video cameras give the impression that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has finally accomplished the dictator’s dream of building a surveillance state like the one imagined in George Orwell’s 1984. Minxin Pei, Foreign Affairs, 6 Feb. 2024 Dion also bonded with Taylor Swift backstage after her win, dispelling and Internet uproar that there was any drama between the two. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 In the clip, the duo knock on the door of none other than fellow actor Jason Momoa, who informs them that his Super Bowl party is canceled due to cable Internet issues. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 After more than a year of trying and failing to get its more than 5,000 workers to return to the office on a hybrid schedule, Internet Brands took a different approach. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 The startup used Internet Archive data to establish when each website started blocking AI crawlers; many did so soon after OpenAI announced its crawler would respect robots.txt flags in August 2023. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Internet was in 1986

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“Internet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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In·​ter·​net ˈint-ər-ˌnet How to pronounce Internet (audio)
: a communications system that connects computers and computer networks all over the world

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