Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A trademark for an Internet search engine. This trademark often occurs in print as a verb, sometimes in lowercase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A particular Internet company.
  • proper noun computing A search engine that popularized the company of the same name.
  • proper noun A service mark owned by Google Inc.
  • verb transitive To search for, using Google (or, rarely, another Internet search engine).
  • verb transitive To investigate, using Google.
  • verb intransitive To search on the Internet using Google.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a widely used search engine that uses text-matching techniques to find web pages that are important and relevant to a user's search
  • verb search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine

Etymologies

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The company was named after a mispelling of googol, one followed by a hundred zeros, supposed to indicate that the site wants to provide a huge amount of information.

Examples

  • Three months after it began redirecting traffic from its censored, China-based google. cn site to a less-regulated site based in Hong Kong, google. hk, Google said Monday night that it would stop sending Chinese users to the Hong Kong page automatically.

    Faster Forward: Google to defy China's censors a little less

  • Images of the tanks on Tienanmen Square in the horrible student suppression, again turned up on the google.cn website results as Google openly challenged the rules by which it has had to play in China.

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  • Images of the tanks on Tienanmen Square in the horrible student suppression, again turned up on the google.cn website results as Google openly challenged the rules by which it has had to play in China.

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  • Three months after it began redirecting traffic from its censored, China-based google. cn site to a less-regulated site based in Hong Kong, google. hk, Google said Monday night that it would stop sending Chinese users to the Hong Kong page automatically.

    Faster Forward: Google to defy China's censors a little less

  • If 40% of the time people said "I'll google it" they then went and used Yahoo or Bing, Google might be a lot less happy about the situation.

    Making Light: Open thread 137

  • Three months after it began redirecting traffic from its censored, China-based google. cn site to a less-regulated site based in Hong Kong, google. hk, Google said Monday night that it would stop sending Chinese users to the Hong Kong page automatically.

    Google to defy China's censors a little less

  • Culture, People twitter.com/googletalks - notes from our @Google speaker series twitter.com/googlejobs - the voice of Google recruiters

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  • Meanwhile, Yahoo! launched its own research laboratory in January, and Cutting himself is building an open-source alternative to Google see “Keeping an Eye on Google”.

    Internet News: Search Technology Archives

  • But Google logs just 2 per cent of the information brought in through “Google Suggest,” in order to improve the feature, Mr. Rakowski said, and makes this data anonymous within 24 hours.

    Internet News: Security and Privacy Archives

  • When people need information, they “google” it and give Google credit for finding information that content creators are desperately working to make findable on Google with the help of a well-paid army of SEO consultants.

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  • Google originated from a misspelling of the word googol.

    November 15, 2010

  • It would seem that Wordnik is actively indexed by Google and Bing. I added Liddisdale drow to wordnik a few hours ago, and in searching for more references for this phrase, got linked back to Wordnik on both search engines.

    January 26, 2013

  • I had noticed this too. I thought it might be related to Google's recent efforts to "personalize" search by ranking certain results based on your search and browsing history. alexz, do you have a Google account with which you were logged in, when you noticed those results?

    January 27, 2013