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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