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[hahy-per-tekst] /ˈhaɪ pərˌtɛkst/
a method of storing data through a computer program that allows a user to create and link fields of information at will and to retrieve the data nonsequentially.
Origin of hypertext
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • hypertext replaces sequential text, and thus a universe of connections is established.

  • An added table of contents provides links (in the hypertext version) to sections or pages in each of the three parts.

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
British Dictionary definitions for hypertext


computer software and hardware that allows users to create, store, and view text and move between related items easily and in a nonsequential way; a word or phrase can be selected to link users to another part of the same document or to a different document
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hypertext

1969, from hyper- + text (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypertext in Science
A computer-based text retrieval system that enables a user to access particular locations or files in webpages or other electronic documents by clicking on links within specific webpages or documents.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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hypertext in Culture

hypertext definition

The entire chain of hyperlinks that connects a series of related Web pages.

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