web crawler

noun
variants: or Web crawler

Definition of web crawler

: a computer program that automatically and systematically searches web pages for certain keywords Each search engine has its own proprietary computation (called an "algorithm") that ranks websites for each keyword or combination of keywords. These algorithms use Web crawlers … that collect data from your website to determine where it ranks with respect to search terms.— Julie Brinton

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Web crawler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/web%20crawler. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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