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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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; 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) 2.0 [wn]:

       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}, {area}, {orbit}, {field},
       2: territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his
          domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the
          land" [syn: {demesne}, {land}]
       3: the set of values of the independent variable for which a
          function is defined
       4: people in general; especially a distinctive group of people
          with some shared interest; "the Western world" [syn: {world}]
       5: a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are
          communicating about; "it was a limited domain of
          discourse"; "here we enter the region of opinion"; "the
          realm of the occult" [syn: {region}, {realm}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  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 Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]:

       Distributed Operating Multi Access Interactive Network (Apollo,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

          1.  In the theory of functions, the set of
          argument values for which a {function} is defined.
          See {domain theory}.
          2.  A group of computers whose {hostnames} share a
          common suffix, the "domain name".  The last component of this
          is the {top-level domain}.
          See {administrative domain}, {Domain Name System}, {fully
          qualified domain name}.
          3. {Distributed Operating Multi Access Interactive Network}.
          4.  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.
          5. The subject or market in which a piece of software is
          designed to work.

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

  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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