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.