CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Probably the most misused term in Net vocabulary. Technically, a hit is a request made to a Web server. For example, if you go to a Web page, that constitutes one hit. If the Web page contains an animated GIF, then you're actually calling up two items to view the page, so you're making two hits. If that page contains 10 hyperlinks and you click each one, then you've added 10 hits. Each of those hits involves a request of that Web server to serve you up a page (or play an audio or video file or perform some kind of action). Sometimes the term is also used to refer to the results of a Web search. For instance, if you enter a term in a search engine and get back a results page with 13 items listed, those can be referred to as hits..
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