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Definition: Curl

(1) A programming environment for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs) from Curl, Inc., Cambridge, MA. Conceived at MIT, Curl combines HTML markup with an object-oriented programming language. The user's machine requires the Curl runtime engine and browser extension for execution. The first Curl implementation was released in 2002. See RIA.

(2) (cURL) A command line utility for executing functions with URL-oriented protocols such as FTP and HTTP. Pronounced "C-URL," there are versions for Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac and other operating systems. For more information, visit http://curl.haxx.se.