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search engine

noun
1.
a computer program that searches documents, especially on the World Wide Web, for a specified word or words and provides a list of documents in which they are found.
Origin
1990-95
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Examples from the web for search engines
  • These volunteers collect clues and then comb search engines and databases to try to track down owners.
  • Thanks to search engines, now you can quickly look it up, and that's going to change the way literature is written.
  • Prospective travelers can use a myriad of flight search engines to narrow down ticket options by date, time, or price.
  • Using search engines may help stave off dementia and memory loss among older people, according to a new report.
  • Most of us navigate through links, bookmarks, and increasingly powerful search engines.
  • There's a whole section on how to optimize keywords for search engines, and another on streamlining text for mobile devices.
  • search engines also engage in predictive text to figure out what queries users might type in.
  • Yes, they can find your blog using keywords in search engines.
  • The immediate purpose of this post is tell search engines where to point when they're asked about intelligent design.
  • That's why all the big search engines have a page where you can submit a request to have your site removed from their index.
British Dictionary definitions for search engines

search engine

noun
1.
(computing) a service provided on the internet enabling users to search for items of interest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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search engines in Culture

search engine definition


Web sites or software that search the Internet for documents that contain a key word, phrase, or subject that is specified by the user to the search engine. Each engine has its own method of searching for information.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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