referrer - Computer Definition
The URL of the Web page a request is coming from. When you click on a link to go to another page, or when the Web page itself calls for an image to be displayed, the browser sends the URL of the current Web page along with the request. On a search site, in addition to the URL, the text you are searching for is often sent to an advertising agency that sends back a tailored banner ad or just collects demographics. Most ad blocker programs can eliminate referrer data. See ad blocker.
Variant of refer
- to assign or attribute (to) as cause or origin
- to assign, or regard or name as belonging (to a kind, class, date, etc.)
- to submit (a quarrel, question, etc.) for determination or settlement
- to send or direct (someone) to someone or something for aid, information, etc.
Origin: Middle English referren ; from Middle French referer ; from Classical Latin referre ; from re-, back plush ferre, to bear
- to relate or apply (to); be concerned or deal
- to direct attention, or make reference or allusion (to): to refer to an earlier event
- to turn for information, aid, or authority (to): to refer to a map