American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A software program that searches a database and gathers and reports information that contains or is related to specified terms.
- n. A website whose primary function is providing a search engine for gathering and reporting information available on the Internet or a portion of the Internet.
- n. computing an application that searches for, and retrieves, data based on some criteria, especially one that searches the Internet for documents containing specified words
- n. a computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet)
“However, if you really don't want a search engine to find a URL, mung it like people do with E-mail addresses (for example, dubdubdub dot example dot com).”
“Eric Schmidt spent 10 years as chief executive of Google Inc., taking the company from a rapidly growing search engine to a global behemoth that provides operating systems for mobile phones and Web-based software for consumers as well as being the synonym for finding stuff online.”
“AdamR wrote: If the text is clickable, the search engine knows it's a link.”
“Dan typed “diamond tennis bracelet” into the search engine and up popped a dazzling $29,000 12-carat bracelet worn by Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.”
“Finding URLs in my theoretical search engine is easier than in yours because yours has to look for A tags, then find the HREF attribute (or, for image search engines, the IMG tag and the SRC attribute).”
“The FanSnap live events ticket search engine includes several industry-first features, the most prominent being its patent-pending dynamic FanSnap Maps (SM), which help fans to:”
“He also told Ron Daly and me that he found EINet Galaxy, a search engine that Otto had used frequently.”
“On-line search engine for geoscience publications.”
“I immediately plugged the name Althea Gooding into every search engine I could think of.”
“Up to 1980, according to a search engine that puff-puffs its way through all the libraries in the world, 61 books had wired in the title, but in the past twenty years, almost 400 more have been added.”
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