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

Examples of search engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there’s no denying that Google’s cash cow search engine continues to evolve in ways destined to draw complaints—and competition. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 23 June 2022 One empowers the agencies enforcing antitrust laws to require the structural separation of large online platforms, such as Amazon’s e-marketplace and Google’s search engine, from other types of businesses. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Google’s own version of the technology was now helping to power the company’s search engine. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 The site’s search engine also will scan event transcripts for even the briefest mention of a name and highlight where that person turned up in the conversation. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 Google is the most popular search engine; YouTube is the second. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Google is reportedly paying Apple upward of fifteen billion dollars a year to remain the default search engine on iPhones. The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2022 After Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine on the web. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 Google pays Apple an estimated $9 billion to $12 billion annually to be the default search engine on the iPhone. The Week Staff, The Week, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of search engine

1984, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Search engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/search%20engine. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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search engine

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

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