- The definition of a search is the process of looking for something or someone.
An example of a search is a quest to find a missing person.
- Search is defined as to look for or examine something.
An example of search is to go through a closet looking for an old pair of shoes.
A woman searches her closet for someting to wear.
search definition by Webster's New World
- to go over or look through for the purpose of finding something; explore; rummage; examine: to search a house for a lost article
- to examine (a person) for something concealed, as by running one's hands over the clothing, through the pockets, etc.
- to examine closely and carefully; test and try; probe: to search one's conscience
- to look through (writings, records, etc.) to establish certain facts
- to find out or uncover by investigation: usually with out
Origin: Middle English searchen ; from Old French cercher ; from Late Latin circare, to go round, go about, explore ; from circus, a ring: see circus
- to try to find something; make a search
- to examine data in a computer in order to locate items having a given property
- an act of searching; scrutiny, inquiry, or examination in an attempt to find something, gain knowledge, establish facts, etc.
- the act of a belligerent in stopping and searching a neutral ship for contraband
search definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb searched, search·ing, search·es verb, transitive
- To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore.
- To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right solution to the problem.
- Law To make a thorough check of (a legal document); scrutinize: search a title.
- a. To examine in order to find something lost or concealed.b. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed.
- To come to know; learn.
- An act of searching.
- Law The exercise of right of search.
Origin: Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, variant of Old French cerchier, from Latin circāre, to go around, from Latin circus, circle, from Greek krikos, kirkos; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- searchˈa·ble adjective
- searchˈer noun
search - Computer Definition
(1) To look for specific data in a file or an occurrence of text in a file. A search implies either scanning content sequentially or using algorithms to compare multiple indexes to find a match. A search on the Web yields a list of Web pages that contain all the words in the search criteria (see SERP). Contrast with a "direct lookup," whereby a single index is used to keep track of data. See search engine, desktop search, Boolean search and query.
(2) The field of search engine technologies. See search engine.
search - Legal Definition
search - Phrases/Idioms
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