URL whose location is specified relative to the address of the base document in which the URL resides. It provides a shorthand way to refer to files or resources that use the same protocol, domain name, or directory path as the current document. Contrast with absolute URL.
A URL which refers to a document by using a shortened form of its path, relative to the document containing the URL. For instance, if the file http://www.mtholyoke.edu/marylyon/index.html is to contain a link to http://www.mtholyoke.edu/cic/index.html, it might be made using the relative URL ../cic/index.html. See also: absolute URL, URL
a URI reference that comprises just the scheme-specific part of a URL, or some trailing component thereof