Definitions for "Internet Message Access Protocol"
A protocol defined by RFC2060 and others, allowing a client to read and manipulate electronic mail messages and message folders (mailboxes) on a server.
The Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a further development of the POP protocol and makes it possible to transmit messages on demand. It first transmits the email headers, and then allows the user to decide what to do with the actual mail.
standard set of rules for accessing email from local server