Computers. a word or other term used to electronically retrieve data, Web pages, or other information from files, databases, etc.:
When you search the shopping Web site, ads relating to your search terms will appear along with your search results.
search term definition
information science An element of a search or query. A search term is the basic building block of a boolean search or a weighted search. In a search engine a search term is typically a word, phrase, or pattern match expression. For example: cosmonaut or "space travel" or astronaut* In a database a term is typically the comparison of a column with a constant or with another column. For example: last_name like 'Smith%' (1999-08-27)