ad blocker

noun

variants or less commonly adblocker or ad-blocker
plural ad blockers also adblockers or ad-blockers
: a software application or feature designed to prevent advertisements from loading on a web browser (see browser sense 2)
Before I get too far, I suppose it fair to mention what an ad blocker is. It is a browser add-on that filters the response from a web server, removing items that it thinks are advertisements before the browser starts to render the page.Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa)
The built-in ad blocker wipes out annoying ads, which can improve your browsing speed and limit distractions at work.cultofmac.com
We all know that ads can be quite annoying, popping up on every website and tracking our use across them all. Some may even infect your computer with damaging viruses that are difficult to remove, so we deem it best to install an ad blocker.Tayo Sogbesan
The catch these days with ad-blockers is that because many mainstream sites … incorporate pop-up ads as a means of earning revenue …, they often require you to disable your ad-blocker on them (or suggest that you do) to allow those ads to display …Eyal Goldshmid
The only problem … is the pop-up … ads. An adblocker may be able to do the job.Ali Bajwa

Examples of ad blocker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web YouTube has been at war with ad blockers for quite some time now and has employed various tactics to keep users off those extensions. Dua Rashid / Gizmodo, Quartz, 28 May 2024 The looming phaseout has caused many uBlock Origin users on Chrome to worry they’ll be forced to install a less effective ad blocker. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 30 May 2024 Google is making way for Manifest V3, the Chrome extension specification that could change the way ad blockers work. Emma Roth, The Verge, 30 May 2024 This isn’t its first attempt at curbing ad blockers on the platform. Dua Rashid / Gizmodo, Quartz, 28 May 2024 Don't be surprised if your ad blocker suddenly stops working on YouTube. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 16 Apr. 2024 In its Monday blog post, YouTube says ad blockers violate its terms of service. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 YouTube is bringing its ad blocker fight to mobile. Emma Roth, The Verge, 15 Apr. 2024 The ad blocker visibly did its job, removing inline ads, popup ads, slide-in ads, and more. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ad blocker was in 1996

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“Ad blocker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20blocker. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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