search engine

noun

: 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 This includes your default search engine, home page and start pages. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2024 The clarity helps search engines understand and represent your brand accurately and positively. Jason Barnard, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 And if so, what more could search engines be doing? Wired Staff, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 Google uses them to crawl and index the entire web for its search engine, which has become the interface to the web and brings the company billions of dollars a year. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 One of Microsoft’s first products released last year was an AI revamp to search engine Bing, built on OpenAI’s technology. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 Income from these additions has allowed Mozilla to chip away at its historic reliance on payments from Google to keep that search engine as the default in Firefox. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Google has the data treasure trove of YouTube, Google Office and its search engine. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Jake Denton, a Research Associate at the Heritage Foundation’s Tech Policy Center, told Fox News Digital that issues with current search engines could open the door for companies such as Perplexity to take over the top spot in the industry. Michael Lee, Fox News, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of search engine was in 1984

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“Search engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/search%20engine. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

search engine

noun
: computer software used to search data (as text or a database) for specified information
also : a website that uses such software

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