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search engine

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noun
  1. a computer program that searches documents, especially on the World Wide Web, for a specified word or words and provides a list of documents in which they are found.

Origin of search engine

1990–95
Also called retrieval engine.
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search engine

noun
  1. computing a service provided on the internet enabling users to search for items of interest
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search engine in Culture

search engine

Web sites or software that search the Internet for documents that contain a key word, phrase, or subject that is specified by the user to the search engine. Each engine has its own method of searching for information.

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