- a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
- a set of characters designating an email account: Her email address ends in “.net,” not “.com.”
- a set of characters designating the location of a website or a particular computer or other device on a network: He visits that website so often that its complete address comes up whenever he types its first letter into the address bar.See also URL
verb (used with object), ad·dressed, ad·dress·ing.
verb (used without object), ad·dressed or ad·drest, ad·dress·ing. Obsolete.
- address bar,
- addressing machine,
Origin of address
verb -dresses, -dressing or -dressed or obsolete, or poetic -drest (tr)
- to speak or write tohe addressed himself to the chairman
- to apply oneself tohe addressed himself to the task
Word Origin for address
1530s, "dutiful or courteous approach," from address (v.) and from French adresse. Sense of "formal speech" is from 1751. Sense of "superscription of a letter" is from 1712 and led to the meaning "place of residence" (1888).
early 14c., "to guide or direct," from Old French adrecier "go straight toward; straighten, set right; point, direct" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *addirectiare "make straight," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + *directiare, from Latin directus "straight, direct" (see direct (v.)). Late 14c. as "to set in order, repair, correct." Meaning "to write as a destination on a written message" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to direct spoken words (to someone)" is from late 15c. Related: Addressed; addressing.