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dot +‎ com, from the DNS suffix .com.


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dotcom (plural dotcoms)

  1. A company whose business is based around a website or primarily via the Internet.
    • 2013 July 20, “The attack of the MOOCs”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations.


dotcom (third-person singular simple present dotcoms, present participle dotcomming, simple past and past participle dotcommed)

  1. (transitive) To convert to using or being based on e-commerce.
    • 2001, Rick G. Sherland, E-business & Internet infrastructure software: United States, page 2:
      The fear of being "dotcommed” was a powerful catalyst creating a reactionary environment.
    • 2001, Mass Media in India, →ISBN, page 185:
      When will your company get dotcommed?
    • 2010, J. S. Graustein & ‎Rose Auslander, On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded Onto Twitter, →ISBN:
      Then Yuppies dotcommed the Banks.