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2 definitions found
 for Ethernet
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ethernet
      n 1: 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

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Ethernet
  
      A local area network first described by
     Metcalfe & Boggs of Xerox PARC in 1976.  Specified by DEC,
     Intel and XEROX (DIX) as IEEE 802.3 and now recognised
     as the industry standard.
  
     Data is broken into packets and each one is transmitted
     using the CSMA/CD algorithm until it arrives at the
     destination without colliding with any other packet.  The
     first contention slot after a transmission is reserved for
     an acknowledge packet.  A node is either transmitting or
     receiving at any instant.  The bandwidth is about 10 Mbit/s.
     Disk-Ethernet-Disk transfer rate with TCP/IP is typically 30
     kilobyte per second.
  
     Version 2 specifies that collision detect of the transceiver
     must be activated during the inter-packet gap and that when
     transmission finishes, the differential transmit lines are
     driven to 0V (half step).  It also specifies some network
     management functions such as reporting collisions, retries
     and deferrals.
  
     Ethernet cables are classified as "XbaseY", e.g. 10base5,
     Mbps,+"base"+means+"{baseband">where X is the data rate in Mbps, "base" means "{baseband"
     (as opposed to radio frequency) and Y is the category of
     cabling.  The original cable was 10base5 ("full spec"),
     others are 10base2 ("thinnet") and 10baseT ("twisted
     pair") which is now (1998) very common.  100baseT ("{Fast
     Ethernet") is also increasingly common.
  
     Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.dcom.lans.ethernet.
  
     http://wwwhost.ots.utexas.edu/ethernet/ethernet-home.html)">(http://wwwhost.ots.utexas.edu/ethernet/ethernet-home.html).
  
     (1997-04-16)
  

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