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V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

IRC InformationsRessourcen Controlling (IM)
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

IRC Internet Relay Chat [protocol] (RFC 1459, Internet)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

IRC /I?R?C/, n. [Internet Relay Chat] A worldwide ?party line? network that allows one to converse with others in real time. IRC is structured as a network of Internet servers, each of which accepts connections from client programs, one per user. The IRC community and the Usenet and MUD communities overlap to some extent, including both hackers and regular folks who have discovered the wonders of computer networks. Some Usenet jargon has been adopted on IRC, as have some conventions such as emoticons. There is also a vigorous native jargon, represented in this lexicon by entries marked ? [IRC]?. See also talk mode.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Internet Relay Chat IRC (IRC) /I-R-C/, occasionally /*rk/ A client-server chat system of large (often worldwide) networks. IRC is structured as networks of Internet servers, each accepting connections from client programs, one per user. The IRC community and the Usenet and MUD communities overlap to some extent, including both hackers and regular folks who have discovered the wonders of computer networks. Some Usenet jargon has been adopted on IRC, as have some conventions such as emoticons. There is also a vigorous native jargon (see the entry for "chat"). The largest and first IRC network is EFNet, with a smaller breakaway network called the Undernet having existed since 1992, and dozens of other networks having appeared (and sometimes disappeared) since. See also nick, bot, op. Yahoo's IRC index (http://yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Internet/Chat/IRC/). (1998-01-25)