verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- the act of searching; careful examination or investigation: Her date with the guy she met online went badly, so her search for “Mr. Right” continues.
- an instance of this: Did the search turn up any clues?
- search dog,
- search engine,
- search engine optimization,
- search me,
- search order
Origin of search
Examples from the Web for searcher
At the very least, Alicia needs to position herself as a searcher, like her husband.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
MacLaine, avid spiritualist and searcher, is comfortable with the unanswerable.Shirley MacLaine on ‘Bernie,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and Her Lifetime Achievments|Lorenza Muñoz|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If the owner be absent, the searcher may counter-seal the property which is under seal, and place watchers.Laws|Plato
The Searcher of hearts knows that every pulsation of mine beats high and strong in the cause of civil liberty.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII|John Lord
I ain't sayin' I stands convicted, but I aims to be a searcher fur the truth; I aims to stop, look, an' lissen.Sundry Accounts|Irvin S. Cobb
Then he pushed him in head first, tied up the sack, and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air.Grimms' Fairy Tales|The Brothers Grimm
At this moment the engines began to revolve, and the Searcher skimmed over the surface of the sea like a bird.The Wizard of the Sea|Roy Rockwood
- to explore (a bodily cavity) during a surgical procedure
- to probe (a wound)
- a review of a file to locate specific information
- (as modifier)a search routine
Word Origin for search
c.1300, from Old French cerchier "to search" (12c., Modern French chercher), from Latin circare "go about, wander, traverse," in Late Latin "to wander hither and thither," from circus "circle" (see circus). Phrase search me as a verbal shrug of ignorance first recorded 1901. Search engine attested from 1988. Search and destroy as a modifier is 1966, American English, from the Vietnam War. Search and rescue is from 1944.
c.1400, "act of searching;" early 15c., "right to investigate illegal activity; examination of records, wills, etc.; a search through an area or a place," from Anglo-French serche, Old French cerche, from cerchier (see search (v.)). Search warrant attested from 1739.
In addition to the idiom beginning with search
- search me
- high and low, search
- in search of