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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
search engine
noun
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▪ Each search engine has its own quirks to lean-otherwise you'il waste a lot of time weeding through poor results.
▪ Earlier AltaVista, the search engine portal, reported losses of $ 307m on revenues of $ 98m in the second quarter.
▪ So skip on over to the Alta Vista search engine at http: / / www. altavista. digital. com.
▪ The Santa Clara-based Internet search engine provider is expected to go public later this month.
▪ Yahoo!, set up in 1994, was originally a straight forward internet search engine.
Wiktionary
search engine

n. (context computing English) an application that searches for, and retrieves, data based on some criteria, especially one that searches the Internet for documents containing specified words

WordNet
search engine

n. a computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet)

Wikipedia
Search engine (computing)

A search engine is an information retrieval system designed to help find information stored on a computer system. The search results are usually presented in a list and are commonly called hits. Search engines help to minimize the time required to find information and the amount of information which must be consulted, akin to other techniques for managing information overload.

The most public, visible form of a search engine is a Web search engine which searches for information on the World Wide Web.

Search Engine (radio show)

Search Engine was a weekly Canadian radio show that aired on CBC Radio One, then a dedicated podcast distributed by the CBC and finally by TVOntario. It was hosted by Jesse Brown, who also co-produced the show with Geoff Siskind and Andrew Parker. Cory Doctorow, novelist and editor of Boing Boing, was also a regular contributor. The program explored the effects of the Internet on politics and culture. The show has focused on stories involving copyright, video games, and China, as well as the social impact and technology surrounding them.

Search engine (disambiguation)

A search engine is a term commonly used to refer to a web search engine.

Search engine may also refer to:

  • Search engine (computing), an information retrieval system designed to help find information stored on a computer system
  • Enterprise search engine, a search engine to search enterprise documents as opposed to general web search
  • Search Engine (radio show), a Canadian podcast by Jesse Brown

Usage examples of "search engine".

Densmore's phone number was unlisted, but if you had the right software and search engine, that didn't matter.

A suspect might have mentioned it under interrogation, or the virus had come up in a bugged conversation, or someone whose phone lines were being monitored had typed the name into a computer search engine.

Also, he had seen things you couldn't find on the Internet no matter how big your search engine was.

Virtually every search engine, portal and directory offers access to these or similar services.