hypertext transfer protocol


: a communications protocol governing the exchange of data (such as HTML files) especially on the World Wide Web

called also hypertext transport protocol

Examples of hypertext transfer protocol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other measures include using address verification service (AVS), requiring card verification value (CVV) numbers for transactions, using the hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) protocol and setting limits on purchases. Jonathan Kriegel, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Take, for example, the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), the standard of how websites are loaded since the late 1990s. Lila Kee, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypertext transfer protocol was in 1992

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“Hypertext transfer protocol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypertext%20transfer%20protocol. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hypertext transfer protocol

: a method for controlling the exchange of computer data especially on the World Wide Web
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