What does search mean?

Definitions for search
sɜrtʃsearch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. search, hunt, huntingnoun

    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

  2. searchnoun

    an investigation seeking answers

    "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"

  3. search, lookupnoun

    an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

    "they wrote a program to do a table lookup"

  4. searchnoun

    the examination of alternative hypotheses

    "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"

  5. searchverb

    boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

    "right of search"

  6. search, seek, look forverb

    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

    "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

  7. search, lookverb

    search or seek

    "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"

  8. research, search, exploreverb

    inquire into

    "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

  9. searchverb

    subject to a search

    "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

Wiktionary

  1. searchnoun

    An attempt to find something.

    With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

  2. searchnoun

    The act of searching in general.

    Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

  3. searchverb

    To look in (a place) for something.

    I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

  4. searchverb

    To look thoroughly.

    The police are searching for evidence in his flat.

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

  5. searchverb

    To look for, seek.

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

  6. searchverb

    To probe or examine (a wound).

    Etymology: From serchen, from sercher, cerchier, from circare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Searchverb

    to look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city

  2. Searchverb

    to inquire after; to look for; to seek

  3. Searchverb

    to examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound

  4. Searchverb

    to examine; to try; to put to the test

  5. Searchverb

    to seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt

  6. Searchverb

    the act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination

Freebase

  1. Search

    Search is an American science fiction series that aired on Wednesday nights on NBC at 10 pm ET, from September 1972 to August 1973. It ran for 23 episodes, not including the two-hour pilot film originally titled Probe. When picked up for series production, the title had to be changed because Probe was the name of an existing PBS series. In the UK the series aired on BBC 1 under the title Search Control. The show was created by Leslie Stevens, and produced by Leslie Stevens, Robert Justman, John Strong and Tony Spinner. The high concept was described as "science fiction in today's world" and the episodes featured many high-tech elements which are considered common in current science fiction shows.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Search

    sėrch, v.t. to look round to find: to seek; to examine: to inspect: to explore: to put to the test: to probe.—v.i. to seek for: to make inquiry.—n. the act of seeking or looking for: examination: inquiry: investigation: pursuit.—adj. Search′able, capable of being searched.—ns. Search′ableness, the state or quality of being searchable; Search′er, a seeker: an inquirer or examiner: a custom-house officer: an officer who formerly apprehended idlers on the street during church hours in Scotland: a sieve or strainer.—adj. Search′ing, looking over closely: penetrating: trying: severe.—adv. Search′ingly.—n. Search′ingness, the quality of being searching, penetrating, or severe.—adj. Search′less, unsearchable.—ns. Search′-light, an electric arc-light used on board ship and in military operations; Search′-warr′ant, a legal warrant authorising a search for stolen goods, &c.—Right of search, the right claimed by one nation to authorise the commanders of their cruisers to search private merchant-vessels for articles contraband of war. [O. Fr. cercher (Fr. chercher)—L. circāre, to go about—circus, a circle.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. search

    1. An operation to locate an enemy force known or believed to be at sea. 2. A systematic reconnaissance of a defined area, so that all parts of the area have passed within visibility. 3. To distribute gunfire over an area in depth by successive changes in gun elevation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. search

    If the act of submitting to search is to subject neutral vessels to confiscation by the enemy, the parties must look to that enemy whose the injustice is for redress, but they are not to shelter themselves by committing a fraud upon the undoubted rights of the other country.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2021

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4145

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Nouns Frequency: #838

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'search' in Verbs Frequency: #454

Anagrams for search »

  1. achers, Arches, arches, casher, chaser, eschar

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of search in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of search in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of search in a Sentence

  1. Michele Bachmann:

    My favorite thing is landscaping. I love landscaping. And so what I'll do is, mostly I put language into search engines, and if I want to look, like, at tulip gardens, or, like, Georgian gardens, i love English gardens, how they're laid out. Japanese gardens, Asian gardens. So, I'm kind of a frustrated landscaper.

  2. Yeh Chun-hsing:

    We have not found survivors or bodies of the 12 missing, but we will not give up. We'll continue to search.

  3. Peter Paul Buttigieg:

    The more versed I became in analytical philosophy, the more I became aware of the limits of what you can access through analysis and reason, and I think that's what opened up a personal spiritual search that led me to a lot of chapels and churches around Oxford.

  4. Rogerio Varga:

    We listen to that account with lots of respect, and we continue to search for information.

  5. Bouma Ibrahim:

    This water supply project, I believe, is the answer to our prayers to Allah because our women and girls, whose role it is to fetch water, had to travel long distances under the scorching heat of the sun in search of water. This is behind us now.

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