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.
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 (http://cuiwww.unige.ch/meta-index.html#MISC), Centre Universitaire d'Informatique at the University of Geneva (1995-11-28)