1.   (messaging)   One point-to-point transmission in a series required to get a message from point A to point B on a store and forward network. On such networks (including UUCPNET and FidoNet), an important inter-machine metric is the hop count of the shortest path between them. This can be more significant than their geographical separation.

Each exclamation mark in a bang path represents one hop.

2.   (networking)   One direct host-to-host connection forming part of the route between two hosts in a routed network such as the Internet. Some protocols place an upper limit on the hop count in order to detect routing loops.

3.   (jargon, networking)   To log in to a remote computer, especially via rlogin or telnet. "I'll hop over to foovax to FTP that."

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Last updated: 1997-06-25