Term:TLD [top-level domain]

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TLD is an acronym for top-level domain.

TLD (Wikipedia)

Examples of the over 1,500 TLDs
Example domain Type Sponsoring institution
arpa Infrastructure Internet Architecture Board; restricted
blue Generic Afilias Limited; unrestricted
ovh Generic OVH SAS; run by AFNIC, unrestricted
name Restricted generic VeriSign Information Services, Inc.; unrestricted
ac Country-code Cable and Wireless (Ascension Island); unrestricted
zw Country-code Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe; unrestricted
aero Sponsored Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques; unrestricted
ไทย Internationalized country-code THNIC

A top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet after the root domain. The top-level domain names are installed in the root zone of the name space. For all domains in lower levels, it is the last part of the domain name, that is, the last non empty label of a fully qualified domain name. For example, in the domain name www.example.com., the top-level domain is com. Responsibility for management of most top-level domains is delegated to specific organizations by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) an Internet multi-stakeholder community, which operates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and is in charge of maintaining the DNS root zone.

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