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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forum  \Fo"rum\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Forums},  L.  {Fora}.  [L.;  akin  to 
  foris,  foras,  out  of  doors.  See  {Foreign}.] 
  1.  A  market  place  or  public  place  in  Rome,  where  causes  were 
  judicially  tried  and  orations  delivered  to  the  people. 
 
  2.  A  tribunal;  a  court;  an  assembly  empowered  to  hear  and 
  decide  causes. 
 
  He  [Lord  Camden]  was  .  .  .  more  eminent  in  the 
  senate  than  in  the  forum.  --Brougham. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forum 
  n  1:  a  public  meeting  or  assembly  for  open  discussion 
  2:  a  public  place  to  meet  for  open  discussion  [syn:  {assembly}, 
  {meeting  place}] 
  3:  a  place  of  assembly  for  the  people  in  ancient  Greece  [syn:  {agora}, 
  {public  square}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  forum  n.  [Usenet,  GEnie,  CI$;  pl  `fora'  or  `forums']  Any 
  discussion  group  accessible  through  a  dial-in  {BBS},  a  {mailing  list}, 
  or  a  {newsgroup}  (see  {the  network}).  A  forum  functions  much  like  a 
  bulletin  board;  users  submit  {posting}s  for  all  to  read  and  discussion 
  ensues.  Contrast  real-time  chat  via  {talk  mode}  or  point-to-point 
  personal  {email}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  forum 
 
    (Plural  fora"  or  "forums")  Any  discussion  group 
  accessible  through  a  dial-in  {BBS}  (e.g.  {GEnie},  {CI$}),  a 
  {mailing  list},  or  a  {Usenet}  {newsgroup}  (see  {network, 
  the}).  A  forum  functions  much  like  a  {bulletin  board};  users 
  submit  {postings}  for  all  to  read  and  discussion  ensues. 
 
  Contrast  real-time  {chat}  or  point-to-point  personal  {e-mail}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1998-01-18) 
 
 




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