domain

domain do‧main [dəˈmeɪn, dəʊ- ǁ də-, doʊ-] noun [countable]
1. an area of activity, interest, or knowledge:

• the scientific domain.

2. somebody's/​something's domain COMMERCE an activity controlled by one person, organization, industry etc:

• Marketing treasury bills had been the exclusive domain of banks (= only banks could do it ) .

3. PROPERTY an area of land or property owned and controlled by one person or organization:

• Mr Li now controls a vast domain of container terminals, supermarkets and power plants.

4. the public domain if information or property is in the public domain, it is available for everyone to use and not kept secret, or not kept as the property of a particular person or organization:

• The matter is now in the public domain as a consequence of someone from his Department leaking information to the press.

• A change in the law extended copyright protection to many books that otherwise would have entered the public domain (= become available for anyone to publish ) .

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domain UK US /dəʊˈmeɪn/ noun [C]
a particular interest, activity, or type of knowledge
a business activity that is controlled by a particular industry, group of people, etc.: »

Despite many advertising agencies having moved into their domain, specialised direct marketing agencies remain very competitive.

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Currency trading is usually the domain of big banks.

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Boardroom decisions are the exclusive domain of company directors.

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the political/scientific domain

See also THE PRIVATE DOMAIN(Cf. the private domain), THE PUBLIC DOMAIN(Cf. ↑the public domain)
INTERNET a group of computers or websites that are organized by purpose, for example, to provide education or sell products: »

The organization met to discuss adding new 'top-level' domains, the global designations such as .com and .gov.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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