from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore.
  • transitive v. To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right solution to the problem.
  • transitive v. Law To make a thorough check of (a legal document); scrutinize: search a title.
  • transitive v. To examine in order to find something lost or concealed.
  • transitive v. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed.
  • transitive v. To come to know; learn.
  • intransitive v. To conduct a thorough investigation; seek: were searching for clues.
  • n. An act of searching.
  • n. Law The exercise of right of search.
  • idiom search me Slang Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To look in (a place) for something.
  • v. To look thoroughly.
  • v. To look for, seek.
  • v. To probe or examine (a wound).
  • n. An attempt to find something.
  • n. The act of searching in general.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination.
  • intransitive v. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt.
  • transitive v. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore.
  • transitive v. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
  • transitive v. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe.
  • transitive v. To examine; to try; to put to the test.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go through and examine carefully and in detail, as in quest of something lost, concealed, or as yet undiscovered; explore: as, to search a ship; to search one's baggage or person at the custom-house.
  • To examine by probing; probe: as, to search a wound.
  • To test; put to the test; try.
  • To look for; seek out; make search for; endeavor to find.
  • To explore or investigate.
  • To reach or penetrate to.
  • Synonyms To sift, probe.
  • 1 and Search, Scrutinize, Explore. We search a place or search for a thing by looking everywhere with a close attention; we scrutinize a thing with a close attention, without emphasizing the idea of looking throughout; we explore that which is unknown and outside of our ordinary travels or knowledge. See examination.
  • To make search; seek; look: with for before the object sought.
  • To make strict or careful inquiry; inquire.
  • n. A seeking or looking, as for something lost, concealed, desired, etc.; the act of going through a receptacle, place, collection of things, or the like, with the view of finding something lost, hidden, or undiscovered; exploratory examination; quest; inquiry; investigation: as, to make search; in search of a wife; to give up the search.
  • n. Synonyms Inquiry, Scrutiny, etc. (see examination), exploration.

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

  • v. search or seek
  • v. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  • n. an investigation seeking answers
  • n. an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property
  • v. inquire into
  • n. the examination of alternative hypotheses
  • v. subject to a search
  • n. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  • n. boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, Old French cerchier, from Latin circare.


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  • Can someone remind me please how to search only in Wordnik comments, or only in list names and descriptions?

    December 8, 2010

  • Hi John: I love the new search options! A couple of side-effects to consider:

    Time stamps such as "about 1 month ago" in the results of a search make it difficult to locate the comment when you click on the link. It takes you to the page, but not to the comment. Is it possible to have anchors at each comment, or to give more precise date and time information?

    The results of a comment search have oldest on top instead of at bottom as in other comment views. Also, they don't show which word received the comment. If the latter can be fixed, perhaps the same fix can be made to the page resulting from clicking on the "Comments and Citations" link on an individual's page.

    November 18, 2007

  • Great additions John!

    November 14, 2007

  • Yippee! Thanks!

    November 14, 2007

  • Just added a Google-powered search option, which searches all of Wordie. The same page also has search boxes for lists and comments.

    November 14, 2007

  • Search list names and descriptions on the lists page.

    Search comments on the comments page.

    Search words from any page.

    November 10, 2007