However, in response to the N.S.A. revelations, Google has fast-tracked its plan to encrypt data as it zips between its own data centers to prevent it from being subject to intelligence-agency prying.


Is the function of "as" in the above sentence the same as in this sentence:

The world as we know it.


It's sense one in Collins:

(often preceded by just) while; when; at the time that

The data will be encrypted when it's transferred between data centers.

  • But my interpretation is also possible? I mean, "encryption data that zips between its own data centers." – user2492 Sep 9 '13 at 1:33
  • @kih1930 No, it definitely means while. The data is encrypted while it goes through the data centers. That's certainly what they meant. – WendiKidd Sep 9 '13 at 2:00
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    @kih1930 Your second example is the second sense: "in the way that". It would become "The world [in the way that] we know it." – Tyler James Young Sep 9 '13 at 2:07

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