deep web

noun
variants: or less commonly Deep Web

Definition of deep web

: the set of web pages on the World Wide Web that are not indexed by search engines but that may be viewable in a standard Web browser (as by logging in to a website) The deep web is everything that is not indexed by search engines, including pages behind paywalls, password-protected information, or closed intranets. Personal information that only you can access though your bank's website, for example, is part of the deep web.— Eileen Ormsby — compare dark web

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2000, in the meaning defined above

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“Deep web.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deep%20web. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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