search engine

noun

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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First Known Use of search engine

1984


SEARCH ENGINE Defined for English Language Learners

search engine

noun

Definition of search engine for English Language Learners

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


SEARCH ENGINE Defined for Kids

search engine

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Definition of search engine for Students

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

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