- 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.
- 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 of searchMiddle 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
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verbsearched, search·ing, search·es
- To move around in, go through, or look through in an effort to find something: searched the room for her missing earring; searched the desk for a pen.
- To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right thing to do.
- Law To examine (a person or property) for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
- To search a place or space in order to find something: searched all afternoon for my wallet.
- To make a careful examination or investigation: searching for the right words to say.
- Law To make a search for evidence.
- An act of searching.
- Law The examination of a person or property, as by a law enforcement officer, for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
- A control mechanism on an audio or video player that rapidly advances or reverses the playing of a recording.
Origin of searchMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present searches, present participle searching, simple past and past participle searched)
- To look in (a place) for something.
- I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.
- (intransitive, followed by "for") To look thoroughly.
- The police are searching for evidence in his flat.
- (now rare) To look for, seek.
- 1588, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, II.3:
- Now to the bottome dost thou search my wound.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
- Thus when they all had sorowed their fill, / They softly gan to search his griesly wownd [...]
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.35:
- His wife perceiving him to droope and languish away, entreated him she might leasurely search and neerely view the quality of his disease [...]
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