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Refers to a statement made by someone other than the declarant offered as evidence for the truth of the matter asserted. Generally, in most forums, except for specific Hearsay Exceptions, hearsay is inadmissible as evidence. 

Home copy

Refers to a copy of an international application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty maintained by the receiving Office where the international application was filed. 


Refers to a pledge of property without transfer or delivery of title or possession as collateral for a debt. 


As used in reference to the World Wide Web, “hit” means a single request from a web browser for a single item from a web server; thus in order for a web browser to display a page that contains 3 graphics, 4 “hits” would occur at the server: 1 for the HTML page, and one for each of the 3 graphics. e.g. “Our server has been...

Home Page

The web page that your browser is set to use when it starts up is your homepage. Another sloppier use of the term refers to practically any web page as a “homepage,” e.g. “That website has 65 homepages and none of them are interesting.” 


Any computer on a network that is a repository for services available to other computers on the network. It is quite common to have one host machine provide several services, such as WWW and USENET. See Also: Node, Network 

HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language

It is a coding language used to create Hypertext documents for use on the World Wide Web. In HTML you can specify that a block of text, or a word, is linked to another file on the Internet. HTML files are meant to be viewed using a World Wide Web Client Program, such as Netscape or Mosaic. 

HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

It is a protocol for moving hypertext files across the Internet. It requires a HTTP client program on one end, and an HTTP server program on the other end. HTTP is the most important protocol used in the World Wide Web (WWW). 


Generally, any text that contains links to other documents - words or phrases in the document that can be chosen by a reader and which cause another document to be retrieved and displayed.