Definition of Search

1. Noun. The activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone.

Exact synonyms: Hunt, Hunting
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Exploration, Forage, Foraging, Frisk, Frisking, Looking, Looking For, Manhunt, Quest, Seeking, Ransacking, Rummage, Scouring, Shakedown
Derivative terms: Hunt, Hunt

2. Verb. Try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of. "They search the water "; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

3. Noun. An investigation seeking answers. "The outcome justified the search"
Generic synonyms: Investigating, Investigation

4. Verb. Search or seek. "The men search for animals in the area"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
Exact synonyms: Look
Specialized synonyms: Hunt, Cruise, Prospect, Horn In, Intrude, Nose, Poke, Pry
Generic synonyms: Examine, See
Derivative terms: Searcher, Searcher

5. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Lookup
Generic synonyms: Operation

6. Verb. Inquire into. "They search whether there was a traffic accident"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

7. Noun. The examination of alternative hypotheses. "His search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
Specialized synonyms: Hunt, Pursuance, Pursuit, Quest
Generic synonyms: Higher Cognitive Process

8. Verb. Subject to a search. "They want to search the prisoners "; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
Specialized synonyms: Raid, Frisk, Strip-search, Scan, Go, Rifle, Rummage, Comb, Ransack
Generic synonyms: Examine, See
Derivative terms: Searcher, Searcher

9. Noun. Boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas. "Right of search"
Generic synonyms: Examination, Scrutiny

Definition of Search

1. v. t. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city.

2. v. i. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt.

3. n. The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination.

Definition of Search

1. Verb. (transitive) To look in (a place) for something. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive followed by "for") To look thoroughly. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive now rare) To look for, seek. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To probe or examine (a wound). ¹

5. Noun. An attempt to find something. ¹

6. Noun. The act of searching in general. ¹

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Definition of Search

1. to look through or over carefully in order to find something [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Search

1. 1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city. "Search the Scriptures." "They are come to search the house." (Shak) "Search me, O God, and know my heart." (Ps. Cxxxix. 23) 2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek. "I will both search my sheep, and seek them out." (Ezek. Xxxiv. 11) "Enough is left besides to search and know." (Milton) 3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound. 4. To examine; to try; to put to the test. To search out, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as, to search out truth. Synonym: To explore, examine, scrutinize, seek, investigate, pry into, inquire. Origin: OE. Serchen, cerchen, OF. Cerchier, F. Chercher, L. Circare to go about, fr. L. Circum, circa, around. See Circle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Search

search (current term)
search-oriented architecture
search-oriented architectures
search and destroy mission
search and rescue
search and rescue mission
search and rescues
search box
search boxes
search engine
search engine optimization
search engines
search language
search mission
search party

Literary usage of Search

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"tight of search, stipulating that the number of cruisers employed by one Power ... A limit was thus placed on the right of search which the more numerous ..."

2. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1907)
"THE FRANKLIN search: FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SAILING OF THE "FOX." ON the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the sailing of the Franklin search ..."

3. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Jenny H. Stickney (1898)
"THE search FOR FRITZ. — A VISITOR. his supper of fried ham and baked potatoes as greatly as the rest of us. I decided to start early next morning on the ..."

4. Archbold's Parish Officer and Shaw's Parish Law by James Paterson, John Frederick Archbold, Joseph Shaw (1864)
"And if the game, or gun, &c., be at once visible, no manual search is necessary before arresting ... search Warrant. The warrant is directed to a constable. ..."

5. Ruling Cases by Irving Browne, Leonard Augustus Jones, James Tower Keen, John Melville Gould (1901)
"A JUSTICE of the peace has, at common law, the general power to issue a search-warrant for stolen goods; and it is not necessary that the information ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1882)
"Measures for the search and Relief of the United States 'Jeannette' Arctic Expedition. By C. II. MARKHAM, CB, FRS, Secretary KGS (Read at tho Evening ..."

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