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shell account

[′shel ə‚kau̇nt]
(computer science)
A type of limited access to the Internet in which the user is connected to the Internet indirectly through a second computer on which the user has established an account.
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Unix shell account

A customer account with an Internet service provider (ISP) that requires the user to enter Unix commands to send and receive mail and files. Prior to today's graphical interfaces, Internet access was always a command line operation performed by researchers and computer buffs.
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