World Wide Web


: a part of the Internet accessed through a graphical user interface and containing documents often connected by hyperlinks

called also Web

Examples of World Wide Web in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accordingly, the first dominant metaphors for navigating digital space, especially the nascent World Wide Web, were athletic and action-oriented: wandering, trekking, and most of all, surfing. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Thankfully, however, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has been talking about FIDO support for many years now so that a number of sites already support these digital keys, and with this announcement in particular, many more are expected to do so in the near-term future. Bob O'Donnell, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Also, do people still say ‘World Wide Web’? Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2023 In the mid 1990s, for instance, McCall and Rusbridger flew to San Francisco to learn about the then-nascent World Wide Web. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 1 Mar. 2023 The original World Wide Web, a static, low-bandwidth, verbal system of hyperlinks, was over. WIRED, 14 Sep. 2022 Other founding members include Adobe, Epic Games, Ikea, Qualcomm, Sony, the XR Association, and SDOs The Khronos Group, World Wide Web Consortium, and Open Geospatial Consortium. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 22 June 2022 Its YouTube description paints Web3 — the vague concept of a decentralized World Wide Web, based on the blockchain — as our inevitable future. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 In 2013, researchers at Google unleashed a descendant of it onto the text of the whole World Wide Web. James Somers, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of World Wide Web was in 1990

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“World Wide Web.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

World Wide Web

: a part of the Internet designed to allow easier navigation of the network through the use of text and graphics that link to other documents

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