Definitions for "Network mask"
Keywords:  subnet, mask, xxx, quad, subdividing
A number that is the same as an Internet Protocol (IP) address. A network mask identifies which part of an address is to be used for an operation, such as making a TCP/IP connection.
A number used by software to separate the local subnet address from the rest of a given Internet protocol address.
The fixed part of the subnet mask determined by the RFC 950 "Class" of address.