search engine


Definition of search engine

: computer software used to search data (such as text or a database) for specified information also : a site on the World Wide Web that uses such software to locate key words in other sites

Examples of search engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Google's search engine is the gateway into the internet for many. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Exclusive: State agencies told Google it was helping websites scam their residents. They say Google did nothing," 3 Feb. 2020 In what seems like a broad case of overreaching, an upcoming version of Microsoft’s Office 365 for enterprises will automatically switch Google Chrome’s search engine to Bing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Office 365 for enterprises will switch Chrome search to Bing, unless you do this," 22 Jan. 2020 Other leads were discredited more rapidly, such as a bar patron who claimed that Jayme had been offered for sale on the dark web — hidden online content inaccessible with conventional search engines — for $52,000. Peter Passi / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Recently released records show random nature of Closs kidnapping made for tough case," 30 Dec. 2019 Google and other search engines have fought with the EU over its privacy rules. Fox News, "German court rules convicted murderer has 'right to be forgotten' in online searches," 28 Nov. 2019 The ruling to limit the geographical reach of the right to be forgotten is a victory for Google against a French effort to force the company and other search engines to take down links globally. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule Is Limited by Europe’s Top Court," 24 Sep. 2019 Advertisements promoting virtual currencies have also been blocked from social media and search engines within China. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "If China hits back," 10 Feb. 2018 Beyond products, Google has previously been called out for its lack of inclusion in its own workforce, and in its search engines. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Annie Jean-Baptiste: A Day in the Life of Google's Head of Product Inclusion," 17 Jan. 2020 As noted by Karen Hao of the MIT Technology Review, a computer model built by Chinese search engine and commerce firm Baidu now leads all other models on a benchmark of general English-sentence comprehension known as GLUE. John Keefe, Quartz, "Teaching a computer Chinese made it excellent at English," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of search engine

1984, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Search engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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: a computer program that is used to look for information on the Internet

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: computer software used to search data (as text or a database) for requested information

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