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.
- Also called re·triev·al en·gine [ri-tree-vuhl en-juhn] /rɪˈtri vəl ˌɛn dʒən/ .
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How to use search engine in a sentence
They not only disrupted service in China, they apparently crashed the search engine worldwide.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable | Gordon G. Chang | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But what started out as a search engine has evolved into a search-and-destroy machine.
Revenge, it seems, is a dish best served through search engine optimization.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve | Samantha Allen | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We make things easier for the people as well as the search engine.
I doubt the company wants to risk millions of people taking their search engine relationship elsewhere.Too Hot for Google: Why The Internet Giant Is Scared of Porn | Aurora Snow | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He did not need an Intel inside computer or search engine to find what he wanted.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for search engine
computing a service provided on the internet enabling users to search for items of interest
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Cultural definitions for search engine
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