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search engine

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.
Also called retrieval engine.
Origin of search engine
1990-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for search engine
  • First of all, a library catalog is structured differently from a search engine.
  • Build a better search engine, rather than restrict the availability of the information.
  • But the world's leading search engine and its related applications are turning out to be powerful research tools, too.
  • Feel free to cozy up to your laptop and visit a search engine.
  • The search engine wants to weed out sites that create low quality articles simply as a way.
  • They use such different strategies, she found, that a one-size-fits-all search engine can never satisfy everyone.
  • Even if you have a great idea for a new search engine, it's far from easy to get it off the ground.
  • In contrast, entering that same vague question into a search engine yields completely nonsensical results.
  • For information, read each search engine's help page.
  • Guidelines and resources to achieve search engine optimization.
British Dictionary definitions for search engine

search engine

(computing) a service provided on the internet enabling users to search for items of interest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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search engine 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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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search engine in Technology
World-Wide Web, tool, information science
A remotely accessible program that lets you do keyword searches for information on the Internet. There are several types of search engine; the search may cover titles of documents, URLs, headers, or the full text.
A list of search engines (, Centre Universitaire d'Informatique at the University of Geneva
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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