HTTP Definition

A protocol used to request and transmit files, especially webpages and webpage components, over the Internet or other computer network.
American Heritage
Hypertext transfer protocol: an abbreviation indicating that the address that follows is on the World Wide Web.
Webster's New World
The command http:// is used to tell the Web server where is hosted that the user is requesting a hypertext page from that server.
The server finds the appropriate hypertext file and sends it back to the user using hyper text transfer protocol where it is then displayed in their browser.
An example of HTTP is the first part of the address for YourDictionary,
Used to transfer WWW data over the Internet. This is why all Website addresses begin with http://. Whenever a user types a URL into the browser and presses the Enter key, his or her computer sends an HTTP request to the correct Webserver. The Webserver, developed to handle such requests, then sends the user the requested HTML page. Or to be entirely accurate, a Webserver can send HTML back to a browser dynamically and not necessarily in a page. Dynamic languages, such as PHP (PHP: Hypertext Processor), can generate HTML dynamically and not deal with it in a page. Some important Websites related to detecting and curbing cracking activities, cyberterrorism, and cybercrimes include, the Website for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly;, the Website for Antionline (AO), a place where members share their knowledge to help others learn to identify and mitigate security issues regarding real-world events; and, the Website for the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), a center of Internet security expertise located at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Christensson, P. 2004. Glossary: HTTP. [Online, 2002.] Per Christensson Website.
Webster's New World Hacker

Origin of HTTP

  • H(yper)t(ext) T(ransfer) P(rotocol)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition