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HyperText Markup Language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web.
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Examples from the Web for HTML
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  • A linked contents was included for this HTML edition to aid the reader.

    Hurlbut's Bible Lessons Rev. Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • These have been kept in the HTML version to align the page numbers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • Some compromises had to be made in laying out this HTML version.

    All Round the Year Edith Nesbit
  • The first title page was placed before this list for this HTML edition.

    Peter Cooper Rossiter W. Raymond
  • The original appearance and wording is reproduced in the HTML version.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • All footnotes have been moved to the end of the book, with HTML links.

    The History of the British Post Office Joseph Clarence Hemmeon
British Dictionary definitions for HTML


hypertext markup language: a text description language that is used for electronic publishing, esp on the Internet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for HTML

1992, standing for Hypertext Markup Language.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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HTML in Science
A markup language used to structure text and multimedia documents and to set up hypertext links between documents, used extensively on the World Wide Web.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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HTML in Culture

HTML definition

An abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language. This is the basic format for language that is used to construct the World Wide Web.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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