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 for Domain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Domain \Do*main"\, n. [F. domaine, OF. demaine, L. dominium,
     property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, owner. See
     Dame, and cf Demesne, Dungeon.]
     1. Dominion; empire; authority.
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     2. The territory over which dominion or authority is exerted;
        the possessions of a sovereign or commonwealth, or the
        like. Also used figuratively. [WordNet sense 2]
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              The domain of authentic history.      --E. Everett.
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              The domain over which the poetic spirit ranges. --J.
                                                    C. Shairp.
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     3. Landed property; estate; especially, the land about the
        mansion house of a lord, and in his immediate occupancy;
        demesne. [WordNet sense 2] --Shenstone.
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     4. (Law) Ownership of land; an estate or patrimony which one
        has in his own right; absolute proprietorship; paramount
        or sovereign ownership.
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     5. (Math.) the set of values which the independent variable
        of a function may take. Contrasted to range, which is
        the set of values taken by the dependent variable.
        [WordNet sense 3]
     6. (Math.) a connected set of points, also called a region.
     7. (Physics) a region within a ferromagnetic material,
        composed of a number of atoms whose magnetic poles are
        pointed in the same direction, and which may move together
        in a coordinated manner when disturbed, as by heating. The
        direction of polarity of adjacent domains may be
        different, but may be aligned by a strong external
        magnetic field.
     8. (Computers) an address within the internet computer
        network, which may be a single computer, a network of
        computers, or one of a number of accounts on a multiuser
        computer. The domain specifies the location (host
        computer) to which communications on the internet are
        directed. Each domain has a corresponding 32-bit number
        usually represented by four numbers separated by periods,
        as Each domain may also have an
        alphabetical name, usually composed of a name plus an
        extension separated by a period, as worldsoul.org; the
        alphabetical name is referred to as a domain name.
     9. (Immunology) the three-dimensional structure within an
        immunoglobulin which is formed by one of the homology
        regions of a heavy or light chain. --Dict. Sci. Tech.
     10. the field of knowledge, expertise, or interest of a
         person; as, he had a limited domain of discourse; I can't
         comment on that, it's outside my domain. [WordNet sense
     Syn: domain, realm, field, area. [PJC]
     11. a particular environment or walk of life. [WordNet sense
     Syn: sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena. [PJC]
     12. people in general; especially a distinctive group of
         people with some shared interest. [WordNet sense 4]
     Syn: world, domain. [PJC]
     Public domain,
     1. the territory belonging to a State or to the general
        government; public lands. [U.S.]
     2. the situation or status of intellectual property which is
        not protected by copyright, patent or other restriction on
        use. Anything
     in the public domain may be used by anyone without
        restriction. The effective term of force of copyrights and
        patents are limited by statute, and after the term
        expires, the writings and inventions thus protected go
        into the public domain and are free for use by all.
     Right of eminent domain, that superior dominion of the
        sovereign power over all the property within the state,
        including that previously granted by itself, which
        authorizes it to appropriate any part thereof to a
        necessary public use, reasonable compensation being made.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a particular environment or walk of life; "his social
           sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment";
           "he's out of my orbit" [syn: sphere, domain, area,
           orbit, field, arena]
      2: territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his
         domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the
         land" [syn: domain, demesne, land]
      3: (mathematics) the set of values of the independent variable
         for which a function is defined [syn: domain, domain of a
      4: people in general; especially a distinctive group of people
         with some shared interest; "the Western world" [syn: world,
      5: the content of a particular field of knowledge [syn:
         knowledge domain, knowledge base, domain]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  132 Moby Thesaurus words for "domain":
     academic discipline, academic specialty, acres, ally, ambit,
     animal kingdom, applied science, archduchy, archdukedom, area,
     arena, art, bailiwick, beat, body politic, border, borderland,
     buffer state, captive nation, chain of being, champaign,
     chattels real, chieftaincy, chieftainry, circle, circuit,
     city-state, class structure, colony, commonweal, commonwealth,
     concern, country, county, demesne, department,
     department of knowledge, discipline, dominion, duchy, dukedom,
     earldom, empery, empire, establishment, field, field of inquiry,
     field of study, free city, grand duchy, grounds, hemisphere,
     hierarchy, honor, judicial circuit, jurisdiction, kingdom, land,
     landed property, lands, lot, lots, mandant, mandate,
     mandated territory, mandatee, mandatory, manor, march, messuage,
     mineral kingdom, nation, nationality, natural hierarchy,
     natural science, ology, orb, orbit, pale, parcel, pecking order,
     plat, plot, polis, polity, possession, power, power structure,
     praedium, precinct, principality, principate, property,
     protectorate, province, puppet government, puppet regime,
     pure science, pyramid, quadrat, real estate, real property, realm,
     realty, republic, round, satellite, science, seneschalty,
     settlement, social science, sovereign nation, speciality,
     specialization, specialty, sphere, state, study, subdiscipline,
     sultanate, superpower, technicology, technics, technology,
     tenements, terrain, territory, toft, toparchia, toparchy,
     vegetable kingdom, walk

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Distributed Operating Multi Access Interactive Network (Apollo,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  A group of computers whose fully qualified
     domain names (FQDN) share a common suffix, the "domain name".
     The Domain Name System maps hostnames to Internet
     address using a hierarchical namespace where each level in
     the hierarchy contributes one component to the FQDN.  For
     example, the computer foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk is in the
     doc.ic.ac.uk domain, which is in the ic.ac.uk domain, which is
     in the ac.uk domain, which is in the uk top-level domain.
     A domain name can contain up to 67 characters including the
     dots that separate components.  These can be letters, numbers
     and hyphens.
     2. An administrative domain is something to do with routing.
     3. Distributed Operating Multi Access Interactive Network.
     4.  In the theory of functions, the set of
     argument values for which a function is defined.
     See domain theory.
     5.  A specific phase of the software life cycle
     in which a developer works.  Domains define developers' and
     users' areas of responsibility and the scope of possible
     relationships between products.
     6. The subject or market in which a piece of software is
     designed to work.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DOMAIN. It signifies sometimes, dominion, territory governed - sometimes, 
  possession, estate - and sometimes, land about the mansion house of a lord. 
  By domain is also understood the right to dispose at our pleasure of what 
  belongs to us. 
       2. A distinction, has been made between property and domain. The former 
  is said to be that quality which is conceived to be in the thing itself, 
  considered as belonging to such or such person, exclusively of all others. 
  By the latter is understood that right which the owner has of disposing of 
  the thing. Hence domain and property are said to be correlative terms; the 
  one is the active right to dispose, the other a passive quality which 
  follows the thing, and places it at the disposition of the owner. 3 Toull. 
  n. 8 3. But this distinction is too subtle for practical use. Puff. Droit de 
  la Nature et des Gens, loi 4, c. 4, Sec. 2. Vide 1 B1. Com. 105, 106; 1 
  Bouv. Inst. n. 456; Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Domat, h.t.; 1 Hill. Ab. 24; 
  2 Hill. Ab. 237; and Demesne as Of fee; Property; Things. 

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