(plural stop words)
- (computing) a word, usually one of a series in a stop list, that is to be ignored by a search engine etc
stop-word - Computer Definition
A common word such as "the," "of," "on," and "a." Stop words are not indexed, and when used in a query, are also ignored. However, different search engines do not use the same stop words, so the same query at one search site may yield different results than at another.