For someone who does not speak English as a native language some acronyms can be really confusing and I would like to make sure that I understand how were this acronyms formed and what was the initial thinking behind them.

I am not exactly sure what the term Carrier refers to in terms of computer networking. Is the copper considered carrier?

What does sensing the carrier mean?

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    Feb 19 '18 at 18:16

Carrier refers to an electrical signal that is modulated, in the same way as radio transmissions.

Sensing refers to detecting the presence of the carrier signal.

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