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Definition: HyperText Transfer Protocol The Internet standard that supports the exchange of information on the World Wide Web (WWW). By defining universal resource locators (URLs) and how they can be used to retrieve resources (including not only Web documents but also File Transport Protocol [FTP]-accessible files, Usenet newsgroups, and Gopher menus) anywhere on the Internet, HTTP enables Web authors to embed hyperlinks in Web documents. HTTP defines the process by which a Web client, called a browser, originates a request for information and sends it to a Web server, a program designed to respond to HTTP requests and provide the desired information.
Source: Pfaffenberger, Bryan. Webster's new world computer dictionary. London: Wiley, 2003. Print.