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Unit 6 Language Lesson Terms

advice

noun

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
An opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation.

Example
If have computer problems, you can call the help desk for advice. The people there will give you suggestions for how to solve your problems.

always on

phrase

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
Something that is plugged in and turned on at all times.

Example
My computer is always on. I don’t turn it off. It's convenient not to have to start it up.

domain name

phrase

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
The full name of a system, consisting of its local hostname and its domain name.

Example
The domain name is the commonly known name of a Web site such as, www.yahoo.com.

DSL

noun

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
A family of digital telecommunications protocols designed to allow high-speed data communication over the existing copper telephone lines between end-users and telephone companies.

Example
Our DSL connection is fantastic; it is much faster than our previous dial-up connection.

fixes

noun

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
Solutions to known software problems.

Example
After the network administrator installed all of the fixes, the computer worked much better.

formal

adjective

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
Serious and correct; done according to certain rules or traditions.

Example
You need to use a formal style of writing when creating a business e-mail.

Internet Protocol (IP) address

phrase

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
An identifier for a computer or device on a TCP/IP network.

Example
Every networked computer has an Internet Protocol (IP) address of its own that is used to identify the computer on the network.

urgent

noun

Unit 6 — Language Lesson

Definition
Needing attention very soon, especially before anything else, because it is very important.

Example
Messages that say “urgent” should be responded to immediately.