search engine

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search engine (plural search engines)

  1. (computing) an application that searches for, and retrieves, data based on some criteria, especially one that searches the Internet for documents containing specified words
    1985, Geoffrey Neate, Memex: evaluation of a search engine, OCLC 16185349, page 41:
    The MEMEX search engine with Textract software has been proved able to search the 1,251,521 records of the Pre-1920 Catalogue in four minutes.

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