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dot-com

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Pronunciation: /dɒtˈkɒm
 
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(also dot.com)

Definition of dot-com in English:

noun

A company that conducts its business on the Internet: tons of dot-coms went out of business
More example sentences
  • New companies that work solely through the Internet, especially the dot-coms, have a distinctive style.
  • However, pure-play dot-coms are challenged to attract customers during the holidays without breaking the bank.
  • In the light-speed world of dot-coms, few corporate managers have time to wait for a warehouse to be built.

Origin

1990s: from '.com' in an Internet address, indicating a commercial site.

Derivatives

dot-commer

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noun
Example sentences
  • Having already gone from boom to bust, many dot-commers are coming to something worse.
  • The site tapped into the thriving E-mail grapevine through which dot-commers swapped gossip about their companies.
  • While the media tends to focus on displaced dot-commers and laid-off Enron executives, these women represent the hidden underside of the recession.

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