common gateway interface
- noun a standard that defines how a webpage can call special scripts stored on an Internet server to carry out enhancing functions.
- (written as Common Gateway Interface)Its abbreviation is CGI. In a World Wide Web server, a specification for the transfer of data between information servers and other applications, such as databases, of the server. Such exchanges, for instance, provide for dynamic Web pages to be tailored to the responses of an Internet user filling out an online order form, or making a search engine query.