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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Major Western internet services such as Google’s search engine, Facebook and Twitter aren’t accessible in the country unless government internet filters are bypassed. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Bing Search-Engine Service Interrupted in China," 24 Jan. 2019 According to airfare search engine Fareness, flights to the Mexican city on the Caribbean Sea are as low as $240 round-trip from cities like New York, Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and more between January and April 2019. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Fly to Cancún for $240 Round-Trip," 21 Dec. 2018 Most of these integration points, including one with Microsoft’s Bing search engine to allow sharing of searches with friends, were ostensibly shut down by Facebook in 2014, Papamiltiadis claimed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?," 19 Dec. 2018 Google’s search engine, like most of its products, is free., "Google Should Be Worried About This Possible Missouri Lawsuit," 8 Mar. 2018 Fortunately or not, search engines are still struggling to provide a comprehensive list of shopping deals. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Bing's Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss," 16 Nov. 2018 The partnership with Google is expected to boost Google Shopping, a search engine for goods, and intensify the U.S. company’s domestic rivalry with Amazon, which has deployed more than 100,000 robots of its own around the globe. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018 Back in 2006, Google launched, a version of its search engine for China that complied with local censorship regulations. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Everything you need to know about Google’s controversial China plans in advance of today’s congressional hearing," 11 Dec. 2018 Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. Fox News, "Google is fined $5 billion by EU in Android antitrust case," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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