Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A protocol for the storage and retrieval of text on a computer network using a TCP/IP protocol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an Internet protocol for document search and retrieval.

Etymologies

From the gopher mascot of the University of Minnesota, where the protocol was developed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the gopher, mascot of the University of Minnesota, where the Gopher protocol was developed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If we can handle Ronald Reagan, Ah-nold, Jessie Ventura, Sonny Bono, and Gopher from the Love Boat I'm sure we can handle a Baldwin brother. jayme

    Alec Baldwin interested in congressional run

  • But he’d been a demolitions man back then, and whenever there was any kind of discussion as to whether it was feasible to blow up a bridge or a tunnel or a cache of Cong supplies, Gordon would say, “Let’s go for broke,” which is how he got the name Gopher.

    Eight Black Horses

  • But network administrators at the time preferred a streamlined text-only internet service, says Topolski, using something called the Gopher protocol.

    Boing Boing

  • It also said that former U.S. Representative Fred Grandy also formerly known as "Gopher" on "The Love Boat" was presenting this matter to Congress.

    Rabbi Jason Miller: An Analysis Of The Delta-Saudi Controversy

  • We live in a small town near Laramie called Gopher Hole.

    Dear Pen Pal

  • Had she really bound herself to live, inescapably, in this town called Gopher

    Main Street

  • She was within ten minutes beholding not only the heart of a place called Gopher Prairie, but ten thousand towns from

    Main Street

  • To think that there was once a Mrs. Kennicott who let herself worry over a town called Gopher Prairie when there was a whole world outside it!

    Main Street

  • And it was a novel about a village called Gopher Prairie in the state of Minnesota.

    Sinclair Lewis: Rebel From Mainstreet

  • We hear of an implement, in use in Illinois and other Western States, called the Gopher Plow, worked by a capstan, which drains wet land by merely drawing through it an iron shoe, at about two and a half feet in depth, without the use of any foreign substance.

    Farm drainage The Principles, Processes, and Effects of Draining Land with Stones, Wood, Plows, and Open Ditches, and Especially with Tiles

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