noun \ˌyü-(ˌ)är-ˈel, ˈər(-ə)l\

computers : the letters and symbols (such as http://www.Merriam-Webster.com) that are the address of a Web site

Full Definition of URL

:  the address of a resource (as a document or Web site) on the Internet that consists of a communications protocol followed by the name or address of a computer on the network and that often includes additional locating information (as directory and file names) <our site's URL is http://www.Merriam-Webster.com> —called also uniform resource locator, universal resource locator

First Known Use of URL


Other Telecommunications Terms

Ethernet, intercept


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Address of a resource on the Internet. The resource can be any type of file stored on a server, such as a Web page, a text file, a graphics file, or an application program. The address contains three elements: the type of protocol used to access the file (e.g., HTTP for a Web page, ftp for an FTP site); the domain name or IP address of the server where the file resides; and, optionally, the pathname to the file (i.e., description of the file's location). For example, the URL http://www.britannica.com/heritage instructs the browser to use the HTTP protocol, go to the www.britannica.com Web server, and access the file named heritage.

Variants of URL

URL in full Uniform Resource Locator


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