(1) In client/server applications
, to send data to a client
without the client requesting it. The World Wide Web
is based on a pull
technology where the client browser
must request a Web page
before it is sent. Broadcast
media, on the other hand, are push technologies because they send information out regardless of whether anyone is tuned in.
Increasingly, companies are using the Internet to deliver information push-style. Probably the oldest and most widely used push technology is e-mail. This is a push technology because you receive mail whether you ask for it or not — that is, the sender pushes the message to the receiver.
(2) In programming, to place a data item onto a stack. The opposite of push is pop, which means to remove an object from a stack.