search

Definitions

  • Jack set off in search of new adventures
    Jack set off in search of new adventures
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v search 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"
    • v search 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"
    • v search subject to a search "The police searched the suspect","We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
    • v search search or seek "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest","Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
    • n search an investigation seeking answers "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing","the outcome justified the search"
    • n search boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas "right of search"
    • n search the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    • n search the examination of alternative hypotheses "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
    • n search 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Search light on torpedo boat Search light on torpedo boat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Angel Falls in Venezuela were named after an American pilot, Jimmy Angel, whose plane got stuck on top of the mountain while searching for gold
    • n Search The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination. "Thus the orb he roamed
      With narrow search , and with inspection deep
      Considered every creature."
      "Nor did my search of liberty begin
      Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin."
    • Search To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound.
    • Search To examine; to try; to put to the test.
    • Search To inquire after; to look for; to seek. "I will both search my sheep, and seek them out.""Enough is left besides to search and know."
    • Search 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.""Search me, O God, and know my heart."
    • v. i Search To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt. "Once more search with me.""It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the matter, and searched into all the particulars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The search engine Google got its name from the word "googol," which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it
    • search To go through and examine carefully and in detail, as in quest of something lost, concealed, or as yet undiscovered; explore: as, to search a ship; to search one's baggage or person at the custom-house.
    • search To examine by probing; probe: as, to search a wound.
    • search To test; put to the test; try.
    • search To look for; seek out; make search for; endeavor to find.
    • search To explore or investigate.
    • search To reach or penetrate to.
    • search Synonyms To sift, probe.
    • search Search, Scrutinize, Explore. We search a place or search for a thing by looking everywhere with a close attention; we scrutinize a thing with a close attention, without emphasizing the idea of looking throughout; we explore that which is unknown and outside of our ordinary travels or knowledge. See examination.
    • search To make search; seek; look: with for before the object sought.
    • search To make strict or careful inquiry; inquire.
    • n search A seeking or looking, as for something lost, concealed, desired, etc.; the act of going through a receptacle, place, collection of things, or the like, with the view of finding something lost, hidden, or undiscovered; exploratory examination; quest; inquiry; investigation: as, to make search; in search of a wife; to give up the search.
    • n search Synonyms Inquiry, Scrutiny, etc. (see examination), exploration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are species of fish that can walk on land in search of water when its water source dries up. Some can survive as long as three days on land such as the snakehead fish
    • v.t Search sėrch to look round to find: to seek; to examine: to inspect: to explore: to put to the test: to probe
    • v.i Search to seek for: to make inquiry
    • n Search the act of seeking or looking for: examination: inquiry: investigation: pursuit
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Quotations

  • Robert Half
    Robert Half
    “The search for someone to blame is always successful.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
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    “The noblest search is the search for excellence.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.”

Idioms

Searching question - A searching question goes straight to the heart of the subject matter, possibly requiring an answer with a degree of honesty that the other person finds uncomfortable.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. serchen, cerchen, OF. cerchier, F. chercher, L. circare, to go about, fr. L. circum, circa, around. See Circle

Usage

In literature:

It was the schooner they were in search of.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Dick, take the top, Phil you search the second, I'll take the ground floor.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
It's getting too dark to search now; we'll try to-morrow.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
About that time Anne found occasion to go into the library in search of a book.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Westward went I in search of romance.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
It was Dickie Lang who had told him of the search which had been made for Boris, a search which had ended in failure.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Aubert searched everywhere through the town, and soon came to the sad conviction that the old man had left it.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Rick searched his face and liked it.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
His eyes searched among the branches of the trees.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then I am employed to go with you on this search?
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
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In poetry:

We vainly search your viewless track,
We call, ye deign us not reply,
We weep, but yet ye turn not back,
To kiss the teardrop from our eye.
"Sudden Death" by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
The Lord in heav'n has fixed his throne,
His eye surveys the world below:
To him all mortal things are known,
His eyelids search our spirits through.
"Psalm 11" by Isaac Watts
When shuddering o'er the fount of life,
She folds her heaven-anointed wings,
To lift unmoved the glittering knife
That searches all its crimson springs;
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"I have the book; so if you doubt it - "
I turned to search the shelf.
"Don't stir!" he cried. "We'll do without it:
I now remember all about it;
I wrote the thing myself.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
But John he grew tired of a bachelor's life,
So he looked all around him in search of a wife;
And his eyes, as they wandered, again and again
Returned to Eliza and Emily Jane.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - I" by E W Bowling
As they had been the sisters of the child
The stars trembled, and fragrance searched the room,
The curtain stirring sounded with a sign
Which drew her gentle glances after it.
"Abishag" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

A search-and-rescue dog joined an expanded search Monday for the final missing worker in an oil rig explosion off the coast of Grand Isle, La.
He says Microsoft, which comprised one third of Overture 's fourth quarter revenue, is increasing its investment in search platforms and is preparing to pursue its own paid search business.
Search Reviews Search thousands of movie reviews from Pacific Sun.
Search for a single name or search branches of government and individual agencies.
Search the web Search WKYU.
Microsoft's vaunted new search engine Bing has introduced a new feature which allows users to sift through pictures rather than links when conducting searches.
Place a search box and search results on your website.
You can also use the box on the right to select a date or go to the Search by Keyword page to search all previous playlists .
Google has unveiled a new search initiative called Search Plus Your World.
Google Dec 1 introduced 10 more search algorithm changes and pledged to do so once a month in the name of providing more transparency into its search practices.
Sometimes the puzzle is a simple crossword, word search, word search with a twist where the students use clues to find the words in the puzzle , tumble puzzles or Scrabble tiles.
Search the Contract Manufacturing/ Private Label Directory for a term: This will search both companies and categories.
Higher spending on paid search during the holiday weekend pays off, search marketing firms say.
NWS Starting Winter Alert Changes Headlines on winter alerts change to adapt meaning School Of Mines Search For New President Underway The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has begun a search for a new president.
Search the Buyers Guide for a term: This will search both companies and categories.
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In science:

Search() searches for a given string in a file.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We describe the conditions under which a single-pulse search is more sensitive than a standard periodicity search.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
However, there are some conditions under which a single-pulse search may be more sensitive than a search for periodicity.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
We also compare the efficacy of searches for single pulses with that of traditional periodicity searches.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
The computational time needed for the single-pulse search is typically a small fraction (< 10%) of the total search time.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
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