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(1) Also called a page hit. The retrieval of any item, like a page or a graphic, from a Web server. For example, when a visitor calls up a Web page with four graphics, that's five hits, one for the page and four for the graphics. For this reason, hits often aren't a good indication of Web traffic. Compare with page view.

(2) Any time a piece of data matches criteria you set. For example, each of the matches from a Yahoo or any other search enginesearch is called a hit.

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