Address Definition and Meaning: What is an Address?

Address Definition

ad·dress (-drs)

tr.v. ad·dressed, ad·dress·ing, ad·dress·es

  1. To speak to: addressed me in low tones.

  2. To make a formal speech to.

  3. To direct (a spoken or written message) to the attention of: address a protest to the faculty senate.

  4. To mark with a destination: address a letter.

    1. To direct the efforts or attention of (oneself): address oneself to a task.

    2. To deal with: addressed the issue of absenteeism.

  5. To dispatch or consign (a ship, for example) to an agent or factor.

  6. Sports. To adjust and aim the club at (a golf ball) in preparing for a stroke.


  1. (also ăd'rĕs')

    1. A description of the location of a person or organization, as written or printed on mail as directions for delivery: wrote down the address on the envelope.

    2. The location at which a particular organization or person may be found or reached: went to her address but no one was home.

  2. (also ăd'rĕs') Computer Science.

    1. A name or number used in information storage or retrieval that is assigned to a specific memory location.

    2. The memory location identified by this name or number.

    3. A name or a sequence of characters that designates an e-mail account or a specific site on the Internet or other network.

  3. A formal spoken or written communication.

  4. A formal speech.

  5. Courteous attentions. Often used in the plural.

  6. The manner or bearing of a person, especially in conversation.

  7. Skill, deftness, and grace in dealing with people or situations. See synonyms at tact

  8. The act of dispatching or consigning a ship, as to an agent or a factor.

address [əˈdrɛs]


1. the conventional form by which the location of a building is described

2. the written form of this, as on a letter or parcel, preceded by the name of the person or organization for whom it is intended

3. the place at which someone lives

4. a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature

5. skillfulness or tact

6. Archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation

7. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a number giving the location of a piece of stored information See also direct access

8. (Law / Parliamentary Procedure) Brit Government a statement of the opinions or wishes of either or both Houses of Parliament that is sent to the sovereign

9. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) the alignment or position of a part, component, etc., that permits correct assembly or fitting

10. (usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman

vb -dresses, -dressing ; -dressed obsolete or poetic, -drest (tr)

1. to mark (a letter, parcel, etc.) with an address

2. to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to

3. (used reflexively; foll by to)

a.  to speak or write to he addressed himself to the chairman

b.  to apply oneself to he addressed himself to the task

4. to direct (a message, warning, etc.) to the attention of

5. (Business / Commerce) to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc.

6. to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc.)

7. to treat of; deal with chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity

8. an archaic word for woo

[C14 (in the sense: to make right, adorn) and C15 (in the modern sense: to direct words): via Old French from Vulgar Latin addrictiāre (unattested) to make straight, direct oneself towards, from Latin ad- to + dīrectus direct]

addresser , addressor n

Noun1.address - (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

(1) A location of data, usually in main memory or on a disk. You can think of computer memory as an array of storage boxes, each of which is one byte in length. Each box has an address (a unique number) assigned to it. By specifying a memory address, programmers can access a particular byte of data. Disks are divided into tracks and sectors, each of which has a unique address. Usually, you do not need to worry about addresses unless you are a programmer.

v address [əˈdres]

1 to put a name and address on (an envelope etc) Address the parcel clearly.

2 to speak or write to I shall address my remarks to you only.

[(American ) ˈӕdres] n

1 the name of the house, street, town etc where a person lives His address is 30 Main St, Edinburgh.

2 a speech He made a long and boring address.

n addresˈsee [ӕd-]

the person to whom a letter etc is addressed.


a : direct, aim

b : to direct to go : send


a : to direct the efforts or attention of (oneself) <will address himself to the problem>

b : to deal with : treat <intrigued by the chance to address important issues>


archaic : to make ready; especially : dress


a : to communicate directly <addresses his thanks to his host>

b : to speak or write directly to; especially : to deliver a formal speech to


a : to mark directions for delivery on <address a letter>

b : to consign to the care of another (as an agent or factor)


: to greet by a prescribed form


: to adjust the club preparatory to hitting (a golf ball)


: to identify (as a computer peripheral or memory location) by an address or a name for information transfer

Examples of ADDRESS

I've addressed the letter, but it still needs a stamp.

The package is sealed; it just needs to be addressed.

We spent the afternoon addressing invitations to all our friends.

The letter was returned because it had been addressed incorrectly.

She ignored most of the people at the table, addressing only the man who was sitting next to her.

One of the characters addresses the audience directly throughout the play.

Most of the speaker's remarks were addressed to those with experience in the industry.

Before the awards were given, the mayor addressed the crowd.

IP Adress

This number is an exclusive number all information technology devices (printers, routers, modems, et al) use which identifies and allows them the ability to communicate with each other on a computer network. There is a standard of communication which is called an Internet Protocol standard (IP). In laymans terms it is the same as your home address. In order for you to receive snail mail at home the sending party must have your correct mailing address (IP address) in your town (network) or you do not receive bills, pizza coupons or your tax refund. The same is true for all equipment on the internet. Without this specific address, information cannot be received. IP addresses may either be assigned permanently for an Email server/Business server or a permanent home resident or temporarily, from a pool of available addresses (first come first serve) from your Internet Service Provider. A permanent number may not be available in all areas and may cost extra so be sure to ask your ISP.

What is an Address?

People use this word several ways. You can ask someone for the address of their server, or for their home page on the Web, or where to send e-mail. So an "address" can mean the unique location of either (1) an Internet server, (2) a specific file (for example, a Web page), or (3) an e-mail user. It is also used to specify the location of data within computer storage.

1) An Internet address or IP address is a unique computer (host) location on the Internet (expressed either as a unique string of numbers or as its associated domain name

Example of an IP address expressed in dot notation:
Example of the domain name version:

For more information, see IP address.

2) A file (or home page) address is expressed as the defining directory path to the file on a particular server. (A Web page address is also called a Uniform Resource Locator, or URL.)


3) An e-mail address is the location of an e-mail user (expressed by the user's e-mail name followed by an "at" sign followed by the user's server domain name.)


4) In a computer, a storage address is the beginning location of a sequence of data that is stored on some electronic storage medium.
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