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
Also called retrieval engine.
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Examples from the Web for search engine
Contemporary Examples of search engine
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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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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