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Glossary of Domain Name Terms Used at Cornell

This article applies to: DNS


Domain Name
The name that identifies and locates an organization or other entity on the Internet.

hostname dot subdomain name dot second level domain name dot top level domain name. For example bigred dot CIT dot Cornell dot EDU

Domain Name Server
A computer that provides the underlying technologies responsible for maintaining and providing domain name identification on the Internet. It translates the domain name into the numeric internet address.
Domain Name System (DNS)
The organized arrangement of domain names on the Internet.
Host
A computer that offers a service or services to Internet users. A "host" can offer a wide range of services to Internet users.
Record (verb)
To put into the university database domain names purchased with Cornell funds or non-Cornell-owned domain names that translate to university-owned hosts.
Register (verb)
To put into the university database for authorized domain names within the cornell.edu domain or non-cornell.edu domains whose domain name service is provided by Cornell domain name servers.
Review Board for Domain Names
The committee that reviews requests for domain names, consisting of the Vice President for Communication and Media Relations, the Vice President for Information Technologies, and University Counsel.
Unit
A college, department, program, research center, business service center, or other operating unit.
Three-Part Domain Name
A domain name that consists of a third-level, second-level, and top-level domain name; for example: cit.cornell.edu.
Four-Part Domain Name
A domain name that has four parts: the host name, the subdomain name, the second-level name, and the top-level domain name, for example: bigred.cit.cornell.edu.
Domain Name Manager
The office that maintains the databases for both recording and registration for domain name requests, and processes requests according to the rules outlined in this policy.

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