Whois meaning

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 NamesWhois 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)
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A utility on UNIX systems that provides information about other users who are logged on to the same system. See also UNIX and utility.
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An Internet database service that provides identity and contact information about owners of domain names. See also database, Domain Name System, and Internet.
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A TCP/IP utility program allowing system administrators to query compatible servers to get detailed information about other Internet users. Internet Highway, LLC. Internet Highway, LLC. Internet Terminology: Whois. [Online, 1999.] Internet Highway, LLC. Website. http://www.ihwy.com/support/ netterms.html.
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(Internet) An Internet protocol for finding information about Internet servers and domains.
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(Internet) An Internet protocol for finding information about a currently-online IRC user.
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Any computer program (client) used for accessing information via a whois protocol.
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(Internet) To look up using a whois protocol.

We whoised the domain to find out who was sending the spam.

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