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Meaning of local area network

lo'cal ar'ea net'work

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a system for linking private telecommunications equipment, as in a building or cluster of buildings.
  2. a system for linking a number of microcomputers, terminals, work stations, etc. with each other or with a mainframe computer in order to share data, printers, information, programs, disks, etc.; usually confined to one office or building. Cf. network (def. 6).
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