World Wide Web

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English

Etymology

1990, coined by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, from worldwide and web.

Proper noun

World Wide Web

  1. Collectively, all of the web pages on the Internet that hyperlink to each other and to other kinds of documents and media.
  2. (computing) Internet resources that are retrieved by Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

Usage notes

  • Although worldwide is a single word (also spelt as world-wide), World Wide Web is spelt as three separate words.
  • World Wide Web and Web are sometimes loosely used to refer to the entire Internet, but this is not technically accurate.

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