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wide area network Syllabification: wide ar·e·a net·work
Pronunciation: /ˈˌwīd ˌerēə ˈnetˌwərk/
(abbreviation: WAN)

Definition of wide area network in English:


A computer network in which the computers connected may be far apart, generally having a radius of half a mile or more. Compare with local area network.
Example sentences
  • VPNs commonly are used to connect local area networks into wide area networks using the Internet.
  • The database may be accessed, for example, over a network such as a wide area network, to allow database records to be individually updated without affecting other records in the database.
  • This is focused entirely on the business user in local area networks, wide area networks and multiserver environments.
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