(MAN) A data network intended to serve an area the size of a large city. Such networks are being implemented by innovative techniques, such as running optical fibre through subway tunnels. A popular example of a MAN is SMDS.
See also Local Area Network, Wide Area Network.
- Metropolitan county
noun 1. (in England) any of the six conurbations established as administrative units in the new local government system in 1974; the metropolitan county councils were abolished in 1986
- Metropolitan district
noun 1. any of the districts making up the metropolitan counties of England: since 1986 they have functioned as unitary authorities, forming the sole principal tier of local government. Each metropolitan district has an elected council responsible for education, social services, etc See also district (sense 4)
[me-truh-pol-i-tn] /ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tn/ adjective 1. of, noting, or characteristic of a or its inhabitants, especially in culture, sophistication, or in accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc. 2. of or relating to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities: the New York metropolitan area. 3. pertaining to […]
[me-truh-pol-i-tn-ahyz] /ˌmɛ trəˈpɒl ɪ tnˌaɪz/ verb (used with object), metropolitanized, metropolitanizing. 1. to make .