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

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  • n. an application that searches for, and retrieves, data based on some criteria, especially one that searches the Internet for documents containing specified words

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    The New Online Wars

  • 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.

    Humor for a Sister’s Heart

  • 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:

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases

  • He also told Ron Daly and me that he found EINet Galaxy, a search engine that Otto had used frequently.

    Street Judge

  • "On-line search engine for geoscience publications."

    Fault Line

  • I immediately plugged the name Althea Gooding into every search engine I could think of.

    Claim to Fame

  • 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.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time


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  • "A computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet))" --WordNet

    October 28, 2009