Wide Area Information Service

   Abbreviated WAIS, pronounced "[ways]." A service used to access text databases or libraries on the Internet. WAIS uses simple natural-language queries and takes advantage of index searches for fast retrieval. Unlike Gopher, which searches only the names of Gopher resources, WAIS can search the content of all documents retrievable from WAIS databases. WAIS is particularly adept at searching through collections of Usenet newsgroups, electronic texts, and newspaper archives. WAIS has largely been replaced by the search engines now available on the World Wide Web.
   See also search engine.

Dictionary of networking . 2014.

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