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

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And completely unbeknownst to us, last week, a large consumer search engine picked that up. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Google Doodles are a popular feature on the company’s search engine. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Google Doodle Highlights Recipes Ahead of Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 According to Emojipedia, a search engine for emojis, Google is rolling out an update to Android users to replace the handgun emoji with a water gun. USA TODAY, "Google is replacing its gun emoji with a water pistol," 25 Apr. 2018 Although Amazon’s product recommendations and search engines now benefit from some of its AI advances, other, more visible efforts clearly need more work., "Amazon’s Other Jeff Steps Into the Spotlight," 21 Apr. 2018 While hardly the seeds of the next Google, the business inspired Smith to launch a site called, a search engine for wholesale shoppers that, at its peak in 2006, netted him $72,000 in a single month. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018 Labeling fake news as such, on a social network or search engine, may do little to deter it as well. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News," 8 Mar. 2018 Pew's data shows that many Web users over age 65 go online on a daily basis, and more than half use social media (such as Facebook) as well as e-mail and search engines. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "More seniors embracing technology," 12 Feb. 2018 Instead of typing work at home into a search engine, try phrases like this is a work-from-home position to dramatically increase the quality of results. Tracy Saelinger, Redbook, "The Ultimate Guide to Remote Jobs," 17 Nov. 2015

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of search engine

: 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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