search engine

[ surch-en-juhn ]
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nounDigital Technology.
  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

1
First recorded in 1990–95
  • Also called re·triev·al en·gine [ri-tree-vuhl en-juhn] /rɪˈtri vəl ˌɛn dʒən/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for search engine

search engine

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

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Cultural definitions for search engine

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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