page

Definitions

General English

Computing

  • noun an amount of text displayed on a computer monitor or screen which would fill a page of paper if printed out or which fills the screen
  • noun a section of main store, which contains data or programs
  • noun one section of a main program which can be loaded into main memory when required
  • verb to make up a text into pages
  • verb to divide computer backing store into sections to allow long programs to be executed in a small main memory

Electronics

  • The text, graphics, and so on which occupy the entire screen of a computer monitor at any given moment.
  • The text, graphics, and so on which occupy a sheet of paper printed by a computer.
  • A fixed-length block of data possessing a virtual address that is transferred as a unit.
  • A program segment possessing a virtual address that is transferred as a unit.
  • A document within the World Wide Web. Such a document may be written, for instance, in HTML, and may occupy more or less space than a page (1). Such a page may provide text, graphics, audio, interactive features, and so on. Also called Web page.
  • A message received via a pager (1).

Information & Library Science

  • noun a computer text which will fill one sheet of paper when printed out
  • noun a document or item of information on the Internet available through the World Wide Web
  • verb to call for somebody over the public address system in a large building such as a hotel or airport
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Marketing

  • noun one side of a sheet of printed paper in a book, newspaper, or magazine

Media Studies

  • noun a single sheet of paper, especially one bound into a book, newspaper or magazine

Politics

  • noun in the US Congress, a High School student employed to support members and get work experience
  • verb to send an electronic message to someone on a pager

Travel

  • noun a young man who takes messages and carries luggage in a hotel
  • verb to call someone to the reception desk or to answer a telephone call in a hotel

Origin & History of “page”

English has two nouns page. The one that now denotes ‘boy servant’ originally meant simply ‘boy’ (13th c.). It was borrowed from Old French page, itself an adaptation of Italian paggio. this is generally assumed to have come from Greek paidíon, a diminutive form of pais ‘boy, child’ (source of English encyclopedia, paediatric (19th c.), paedophilia (20th c.), pedagogue (14th c.), pederast (18th c.), etc). Page of a book (15th c.) depends ultimately on the notion of ‘fastening’. It comes via Old French page from Latin pāgina, a derivative of the base *pāg- ‘fix’ (source also of English pagan, pale ‘stake’, etc). This was used for ‘vine-stakes fastened together into a trellis’, which perhaps inspired its metaphorical application to a ‘column of writing’ in a scroll. when books replaced scrolls, pāgina was transferred to ‘page’.
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