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abbreviation for "id est," Latin for "that is"; also means, "in other words." it is followed by an explanation, specific list or a paraphrase.

compare with e.g.

also reference: www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/061801.htm, another comparison of i.e. and e.g.
i like music (i.e., the ordering of tones or sounds to produce rhythm, melody and/or harmony.)
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Paper product used as a barrier against unwanted messes, such as the liner at the bottom of a bird cage.
Please put a New York Times under that before it gets all over the place.
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1. i.e. Abbreviation of Latin 'Id Est' meaning "that is" (to say).

2. Abbreviation of Internet Explorer - often proceeded by the version number. A software application developed by the Microsoft Corporation used to browse the world wide web (www).
1. I like thick spaghetti i.e. the fresh variety.

(not to be confused with e.g. (for example) - i.e. provides an explanation rather than an example.

2. I browse the web using IE6.
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1) Acronym for Inland Empire, located in Southern California

2) The area in So Cal. consisting of cities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

3) One of the largest and toughest prison gangs in California

4) The Meth capital of the world
Prisons are full of the homies from I.E., especially Chino.
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Microsoft's crap attempt at an Internet browser. It's very basic design means many viruses are able to infect your computer easily along with lots of spyware and adware. Smarter people chose to use other browsers like FireFox, Operah and Safari.
Person 1: Oh crap man, my computer has 7000+ viruses
Person 2: That's because you use IE ¬_¬
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Fail.
Basically a "thumbs down" for Microsoft Internet Explorer, the worst internet browser ever created.
If you use IE, you fail. FAIL!
Josh: Oh man that dude is IE
Emily: IE?
Josh: You know that browser developed by Microsoft
Emily: Oh that browser is FAIL
Josh: Exactly
Emily: I get it now (laughs)
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It stands for Internet Explorer!

A really bad brower that messes up your computer.
Girl1: WHAT YOU USE IE!?

Girl2: Yes, I use it all the time but my computer always gets viruses.

Girl1: Go get Firefox now!
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