What does the prefix "cyber-" mean?


According to Dictionary.com, the prefix "cyber-" is a combining form that means "computer" or "computer network." It is used in the formation of compound words that are related to computers and the Internet, including "cyberspace," "cyberart" and "cybertalk."

The prefix "cyber-" is derived from the term "cybernetics," which comes from the Greek word "kubernētikos," meaning "good at steering, good pilot." It connotes control of speech and functional processes. Adding it in front of a word denotes control of that object, usually in terms of electronics or remote applications. According to Wikipedia, other commonly used prefixes that are Internet-related include "info-," "techno-" and "net-."

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