hypertext

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noun hy·per·text \ˈhī-pər-ˌtekst\

Definition of hypertext

  1. :  a database format in which information related to that on a display can be accessed directly from the display; also :  material (such as text) in this format

hypertextual

play \ˌhī-pər-ˈteks-chə-wəl, -chəl\ adjective

Recent Examples of hypertext from the Web

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Did You Know?

Since hyper- generally means "above, beyond", hypertext is something that's gone beyond the limitations of ordinary text. Thus, unlike the text in a book, hypertext permits you, by clicking with a mouse, to immediately access text in one of millions of different electronic sources. Hypertext is now so familiar that most computer users may not even know the word, which was coined by Ted Nelson back in the early 1960s. It took a few more years for hypertext to actually be created, by Douglas Engelbart, and then quite a few more years before the introduction of the World Wide Web in 1991.

First Known Use of hypertext

1965


HYPERTEXT Defined for English Language Learners

hypertext

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Definition of hypertext for English Language Learners

  • computers : an arrangement of the information in a computer database that allows a user to get information and to go from one document to another by clicking on highlighted words or pictures


HYPERTEXT Defined for Kids

hypertext

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noun hy·per·text \ˈhī-pər-ˌtekst\

Definition of hypertext for Students

  1. :  an arrangement of the information in a computer database that allows the user to get other information by clicking on text displayed on the screen



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