This sentence gives a definition of the term ‘communications protocol’. → In computing, a communications protocol is the system of rules that allows computers to exchange messages. Writing Tip It is often necessary to give a clear definition of a word or phrase you are using so that the reader knows exactly what you mean by it. Definitions should be given when you first use the particular term or phrase. Remember! Your definition needs to be more than an example – it needs to provide an explanation. A social networking site is an online platform such as Facebook, which has more than 800 million users. A social networking site is an online platform (such as Facebook) that seeks to bring people and their interests into contact with each other. Using different verbs Two group of verbs are regularly used in definitions. Describe, mean, refer to, signify Sentences with these verbs sometimes start with ‘The term … ’ or ‘The word … ’: The term ‘multiplexing’ describes communication between more than two parties or devices.
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