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IP(1) See intellectual property, IP Code, identity provider, intentional programming, image processing and IndustryPack.
(2) (Internet Protocol) The communications technology used worldwide in local networks, wide area networks and the Internet. IP is technically only the network layer in the TCP/IP protocol suite, which routes packets from one network to another. However, the term often implies the entire suite, which is responsible for transmitting data from one computer to another (see TCP/IP).
Just the IP Address
IP very often refers not to the network as a whole but to the numeric address assigned to every laptop and desktop computer, server, router, smartphone and tablet in a TCP/IP network. The question "what's the IP?" means "what is the IP address currently assigned to the device?" See IP address, Internet Protocol and IP network.