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search term

noun
1.
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 website, ads relating to your search terms will appear along with your search results.
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search term in Technology

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)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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