• WordNet 3.6
    • n searcher large metallic blue-green beetle that preys on caterpillars; found in North America
    • n searcher a customs official whose job is to search baggage or goods or vehicles for contraband or dutiable items
    • n searcher someone making a search or inquiry "they are seekers after truth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Searcher (Gun) One who, or that which, searches or examines; a seeker; an inquirer; an examiner; a trier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n searcher One who searches, in any sense of that word.
    • n searcher In particular
    • n searcher A customs officer whose business it is to search ships, baggage, goods, etc., for prohibited or undeclared dutiable articles, etc.
    • n searcher A prison official who searches or examines the clothing of newly arrested persons, and takes temporary possession of the articles found about them.
    • n searcher A civil officer formerly appointed in some Scottish towns to apprehend idlers on the street during church hours on the Sabbath.
    • n searcher A person employed to search the public records of conveyances, mortgages, judgments, etc., to ascertain whether a title be good, or to find instruments affecting a title.
    • n searcher A person formerly appointed in London to examine the bodies of the dead, and report the cause of death.
    • n searcher An inspector of leather.
    • n searcher Something used in searching, examining, testing, etc. An instrument for examining ordnance, to ascertain whether guns have any defects in the bore.
    • n searcher A sieve or strainer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Searcher 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
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  • W. E. B. Du Bois
    W. E. B. Du Bois
    “There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. cercheor, inspector
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cercher (Fr. chercher)—L. circāre, to go about—circus, a circle.


In literature:

Yet he was an earnest searcher after truth, who was fain to attempt the unlocking of Nature's secrets, but did not hold the right key.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
Well, searchers after the real, what would you substitute for it?
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
He had run up again for a moment to inquire how Little Bill was getting on, when the blanket and sheet searchers found them.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
It needed no persuasive argument to send the searchers off.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
That was evident, for there had been no response as the searchers burst out.
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
The searchers left that room, and pursued their investigations elsewhere.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Finally the last of the searchers reported in.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
It would be a test in which every faculty of the searcher's scoutcraft would be brought into active exercise.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Estelle de Tourneville secured that spot from the searchers' gaze.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
The anxious searchers pushed on through a wild and rugged country until sundown.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

Far his wanderings once bore him,
Bore this aged, genial searcher;
One who listening sat before him
Much could learn from time to time.
"Johan Ludvig Heiberg 1860" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Dread Searcher of the hearts,
Thou who didst seal by Thy descending Dove
Thy servant's choice, O help us in our parts,
Else helpless found, to learn and teach Thy love.
"St. Matthias' Day" by John Keble
Hate follows love, as 'neath those sandal-trees
The withered leaves the eager searcher sees.
The hurtful ne'er without some good was born;--
The stones that mar the hill will grind the corn.
"Moral Lessons From Natural Facts" by Confucius
Pale ghosts of Bowdoin, Winthrop, Willard, West,
Sages of busy brain and wrinkled brow,
Searchers of Nature's secrets unconfessed,
Asking of all things Whence and Why and How--
What problems meet your larger vision now?
"American Academy Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"With equal love I love each child of mine!"
A genius hid from sight exclaimed.
"Two flowers," he cried, "ye mortals, mark the sign,—
Two flowers to greet the Searcher wise entwine,—
Hope and Enjoyment they are named."
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller
Searcher of the ocean and the islands and the straits,
The mountains and the rivers and the deserts and the dunes,
Saw you any little spirit foundling of the Fates,
Groping at the world-wall for the narrow gates
Guarded by the nine big moons?
"Dawn Song" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

Searchers recovered Cochrane's body late Friday morning.
Searchers have recoverd the body of Stanislaw Nawrocki,the boat owner who fell overboard while out with a homeless man who is now under arrest.
Searchers comb Yolo County for carjacking suspect.
Searchers will try again next week to find the invasive Asian carp in Chicago area waters close to Lake Michigan.
Chesterfield County searchers will be out on the ground and in the air Thursday morning as they search for a missing Society Hill man.
Placer County Sheriff's Office searchers located the body Tuesday of a Clipper Gap man missing since Sunday evening.
Officials said searchers challenged by weather conditions.
Searchers confirm singer is dead.
Searchers Have Found The Body Of A Missing Construction Worker .
Google has laid another Easter Egg for those searchers on its main homepage.
MAILBOX / Searchers and the drug epidemic .
Living in the Material World is a fitting, sonorous tribute to the pop idol, movie producer, spiritual searcher and constant gardener.
Park officials said 50 searchers were looking for 32-year-old Neal Peckens of Virginia and 32-year-old Jason Hiser of Maryland.
Park officials say 50 searchers are looking for 32-year-old Neal Peckens of Virginia and 32-year-old Jason Hiser of Maryland.
When Lambert failed to return home, searchers began combing the area but failed to find him.

In science:

We consider a minimal model of persistent random searcher with short range memory.
Optimizing persistent random searches
We calculate exactly for such searcher the mean first-passage time to a target in a bounded domain and find that it admits a non trivial minimum as function of the persistence length.
Optimizing persistent random searches
The random search problem addresses the question of determining the time it takes a searcher performing a random walk to find a target .
Optimizing persistent random searches
From the theoretical point of view, the search time can be quantified as the first-passage time of the random searcher to the target .
Optimizing persistent random searches
At larger scales however, most examples of searchers – even if random – have at least short range memory skills and show persistent motions, as is the case for bacteria or larger organisms , which cannot be described as Markovian scale invariant processes.
Optimizing persistent random searches