Term of the Moment

digital camera

Look Up Another Term

Definition: search

(1) The field of search engine technologies. See search engine.

(2) To look for specific data in a file or an occurrence of text in a file. A search implies either scanning content sequentially or using a database management system (DBMS) that compares one or more indexes to find a match. See DBMS.

A Web Search
A search on the Web yields a list of Web pages that contain all the words in the search criteria (see SERP). Contrast with a "lookup," whereby an index is used to keep track of data, and a DBMS is implied. See Ctrl-F, search engine, desktop search, Boolean search and query.