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A system that links together electronic office equipment, such as computers and printers, and forms a network within an office, building, or group of buildings
[l(ocal) a(rea) n(etwork).]abbreviation for
(Computer Science) local area network
1. a system for linking private telecommunications equipment, as in a building or cluster of buildings.
2. a computer network confined to a limited area, linking esp. personal computers so that programs, data, peripheral devices, and processing tasks can be shared.Also called LAN.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:Noun 1. LAN - a local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between officesbusbar, bus - an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits; "the busbar in this computer can transmit data either way between any two components of the system"ethernet - a type of network technology for local area networks; coaxial cable carries radio frequency signals between computers at a rate of 10 megabits per second