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Definition of Search engine

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search mechanism, mechanism on the Internet which allows searching for specific information
Search engine Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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search engine
n : a computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet)

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1. a computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet)
(hypernym) program, programme, computer program, computer programme
Search engine Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
Internet companies with programmes used for finding information on the world-wide web. Some popular search engine include, Google, Yahoo, Infoseek, Alte-Vista (see portal)
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Search engine Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Website design & Internet terms
Software programs on the Internet that allow you to search files relating to web sites in order to find what you are looking for. There are many search engines available which differ from each other in the way they index information and, more importantly the interface they present to the user. Some specialise in particular areas of search. The best one to use is the one you feel most comfortable with. In order to get good results it is important to submit the correct search criteria in the correct way. Practice makes perfect.
A Glossary of Internet & PC Terminology
One of the most essential tools on the Internet - they help you find web sites relating to a particular subject or the E-mail address of someone you know or articles posted to a Newsgroup or even companies which have a presence on the Internet. Most of the information provided by search engines is categorised so the search can be considerably refined before you even begin. The search engines are basically huge databases containing millions of records which include the URL of a particular Web page along with information relating to the content of the web page which is supplied in the HTML by the author. The search engine obtains this information via a submission from the author or by the search engines doing a "crawl" using "robot crawlers" of the internet for information.
Some search engines use Spiders to obtain information.
The are a number of facilities available on the web that allow authors to submit their web pages to hundreds of web sites at once.
Some search engines use a technique known as ICE to locate information on related topics.
The majority of the people that use this Glossary would have located it by using a Search Engine.
The most popular search engines are :-
 Alta Vista 
WebGuest Web Glossary
Web site that allows users to search for keywords on Web pages . Every search engine has its own strategy for collecting data, so it's no wonder that one particular search produces different results on different search engines.
Jensen's Technology Glossary
WWW sites that allow users to type in a word or phrase and then search for other WWW sites linked to that word or phrase. A number of search and metasearch links can be found at . Jensen still goes to Yahoo first at 

Internet Glossary
A tool or program which allows keyword searching for relevant sites or information on the Internet. General and topic-specific search engines are prevalent today, for example, Education World, WebCrawler, Infoseek, Lycos, and Yahoo are examples of search engines.
A search engine is a program that searches documents (i.e. web pages,which are HTML documents) for specified keywords and returns the list of documents.A search engine has two parts,a spider and an indexer.The spider is the program that fetches the documents,and the indexer reads the documents and creates an index based on the words or ideas contained in each document.
The Internet Dictionary
A WWW site that serves as an index to other sites on the Web. Some of the more popular search engines are "Starting Point", "Yahoo", and "Lycos". Search engines are relatively easy to use. Normally, they contain references to common subject areas that you can point-and-click to connect to other links, that connect to other links, and so on. They also give you the opportunity to type in key words (by themselves, or in combination) to begin a search. Click here for an example of how a search works.
Glossary of Computer and Internet Terms
Excite, Lycos, AltaVista, Infoseek, Yahoo. All search engines. All would have made you very rich if you invested in them a couple of years ago, but that's beside the point. Search engines find and index sites on the web. By creating indexes of databases of these sites (based on titles, keywords, and the text in files) they can (supposedly) find relevant web sites for what people search for. When you are looking for something using a search engine, it is a good idea to use words like AND and OR and NOT, and punctuation -- like quotes (for names) and parentheses to group words together. This helps narrow your search, giving you a list of more relevant sites.
Multimedia Glossary
programs which allow you to search through Web pages by keyword or subject. See: Webmaster's Guide to Search Engines
Search engine Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A web search engine is a software system that is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are generally presented in a line of results often referred to as search engine results pages (SERPs). The information may be a mix of web pages, images, and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike web directories, which are maintained only by human editors, search engines also maintain real-time information by running an algorithm on a web crawler.

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