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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cross-referenced hyperlinks allow you to view any reference with audio annotations.
▪ Many valuable ancillary features, including the capabilities for annotating by means of notes, bookmarks, and hyperlinks are also provided.
▪ This must be done before you create your hyperlinks.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1987, from hyper- + link (n.).


n. 1 Some text or a graphic in an electronic document that can be activated to display another document or trigger an action. 2 An address, URL, or program that defines a hyperlink's function. vb. 1 (context of a hypertext document English) To point to another document by a hyperlink. 2 To add a hyperlink to a document. 3 To use a hyperlink to jump to a document.


n. a link from a hypertext file to another location or file; typically activated by clicking on a highlighted word or icon at a particular location on the screen


In computing, a hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference to data that the reader can directly follow either by clicking, tapping, or hovering. A hyperlink points to a whole document or to a specific element within a document. Hypertext is text with hyperlinks. The text that is linked is called anchor text. A software system that is used for viewing and creating hypertext is a hypertext system, and to create a hyperlink is to hyperlink (or simply to link). A user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse the hypertext.

The document containing a hyperlink is known as its source document. For example, in an online reference work such as Wikipedia, many words and terms in the text are hyperlinked to definitions of those terms. Hyperlinks are often used to implement reference mechanisms such as tables of contents, footnotes, bibliographies, indexes, letters and glossaries.

In some hypertext hyperlinks can be bidirectional: they can be followed in two directions, so both ends act as anchors and as targets. More complex arrangements exist, such as many-to-many links.

The effect of following a hyperlink may vary with the hypertext system and may sometimes depend on the link itself; for instance, on the World Wide Web most hyperlinks cause the target document to replace the document being displayed, but some are marked to cause the target document to open in a new window. Another possibility is transclusion, for which the link target is a document fragment that replaces the link anchor within the source document. Not only persons browsing the document follow hyperlinks; they may also be followed automatically by programs. A program that traverses the hypertext, following each hyperlink and gathering all the retrieved documents is known as a Web spider or crawler.

Usage examples of "hyperlink".

During the time it took me to leave the office and do the shopping I got a lot of requests on my recent papers, some of them from TV research AIs surfing for background material they could use to fill out the hyperlinks on their permitted fifty-word byline, which was going to explain, very quietly, that Sankhara was no longer issuing visas of any kind and that all nonresidential permits were, as of this evening, revoked.

There is no doubting that finally e-books will surpass print books as a medium and offer numerous options: hyperlinks within the e-book and without it - to web content, reference works, etc.

Web Critics, who work today mainly for the printed press, publish their wares on the net and collaborate with intelligent software which hyperlinks to web sites, recommends them and refers users to them.

The private paper will contain hyperlinks to other sites in the Internet: to reference material, to additional information on the same subject.

It will contain hyperlinks to sites, to additional information on the Net and to alternative sources of information.

The Miraculous Conversion By: Sam Vaknin hyperlink The recent bloodbath among online content peddlers and digital media proselytisers can be traced to two deadly sins.

Article Archive hyperlink This letter constitutes a permission to reprint or mirror any and all of the materials mentioned or linked to herein subject to appropriate credit and linkback.

Some software applications will summarize content, others will index and automatically reference and hyperlink texts (virtual bibliographies).

With her browser she had located and assembled an extensive directory of Web sites relating to human genetic diseases, most of them with hyperlinks to associated resources, many providing message boards and E-mail addresses through which the families of the afflicted could network to share information and advice based on their personal experiences.

Google's decision to abandon the internal links between Deja messages means the disintegration of the hyperlinked fabric of this resource - unless Google comes up with an alternative (and expensive) solution.

Pass your mouse over any of the squares and a virtual floodgate opens - a universe of interconnected and hyperlinked names, a detailed atlas of who does what to whom.

Retrieving a morning headline that his news filter had culled for him, Kyle hyperlinked to the Russian president's polemic about spiritual pollution from encroaching Western values.

It explicitly prohibits hyperlinking to the database contents as "unfair extraction".

Plus, if you don't know what program to associate a file with, there's a nice hyperlink included in the dialog to take you to a helpful Microsoft Web page.