(usually uncountable, plural whoises)
(third-person singular simple present whoises, present participle whoising, simple past and past participle whoised)
- (Internet) To look up using a whois protocol.
- We whoised the domain to find out who was sending the spam.
whois - Computer Definition
A TCP/IP utility program allowing system administrators to query compatible servers to get detailed information about other Internet users.
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Before the Web, Whois was strictly an Internet service used to query a host and find out if a certain user was registered on that system. Originally developed by the military, others followed with their own Whois databases, which provide white pages directories. See finger. Directory of Domain Names Whois databases have become the master directories for domain name registrations. When a new domain is added or changed, the information is sent to the appropriate Whois database. Domain name registrars may provide a search function on their sites that can access various or all of the Whois databases. Following are examples of websites that provide information from the Whois databases: WHO-IS SITES www.WhoIs.sc www.BetterWhoIs.com www.InternNIC.net www.uWhoIs.com www.EasyWhoIs.com www.FreeWho.com (tracks Whois sites) www.TekTips.us (tracks Whois sites)