Definitions for: Search


[n] an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
[n] boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
[n] the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
[n] the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
[n] 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"
[v] inquire into
[v] 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] subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
[v] search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Search, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Searched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Searching.] [OE. serchen, cerchen, OF. cerchier, F.
chercher, L. circare to go about, fr. L. circum, circa,
around. See Circle.]
1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding
something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city.
``Search the Scriptures.'' --John v. 39.

They are come to search the house. --Shak.

Search me, O God, and know my heart. --Ps. cxxxix.
23.

2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.

I will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
--Ezek. xxxiv.
11.

Enough is left besides to search and know. --Milton.

3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to
probe; as, to search a wound.

4. To examine; to try; to put to the test.

To search out, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as,
to search out truth.

Syn: To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry
into; inquire.


Search, v. i.
To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration,
or examination; to hunt.

Once more search with me. --Shak.

It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the
matter, and searched into all the particulars. --Locke.


Search, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See Search, v. t.]
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. --Milton.

Nor did my search of liberty begin Till my black hairs
were changed upon my chin. --Dryden.

Right of search (Mar. Law), the right of the lawfully
commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine
and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for
the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.

Search warrant (Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing
an examination or search of a house, or other place, for
goods stolen, secreted, or concealed.

Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation;
research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.

Synonyms: explore, hunt, hunting, look, look for, lookup, research, seek

See Also: activity, angle, beat about, browse, cast about, cast around, comb, cruise, divine, drag, dredge, examination, examine, examine, exploration, feel, finger, fish, forage, foraging, frisk, frisk, frisking, fumble, gather, go, go after, grope, grub, higher cognitive process, hunt, hunt, hunt, investigate, investigating, investigation, leave no stone unturned, look into, looking, looking for, manhunt, maraud, nose, operation, poke, prospect, prospect, pry, pursuance, pursue, pursuit, quest, quest, quest after, quest for, raid, ransack, ransacking, re-explore, rifle, rummage, rummage, scan, scour, scouring, scrutiny, see, see, seek out, seeking, shop, strip-search, surf, want

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