This page has 8 definitions of search in English and Chinese. Search is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use search in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
English search definition
From Middle English serchen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman sercher, Old French cerchier, from Late Latin circō, circāre (“to circle; go around; search for”), from Latin circa, circus. Not related to German suchen, which is cognate with English seek.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: sûrch, IPA(key): /sɜːt͡ʃ/
- (General American) enPR: sûrch, IPA(key): /sɝt͡ʃ/
- (dialectal, obsolete) IPA(key): /sɑː(ɹ)t͡ʃ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)tʃ
- An attempt to find something.
- With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.
- 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, retrieved 31 October 2012:
- At least eight people died, and officials expressed deep concerns that the toll would rise as more searches of homes were carried out.
- The act of searching in general.
- Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently.
- 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
- Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
- (transitive) To look in (a place) for something.
- I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.
- (intransitive, followed by "for") To look thoroughly.
- The police are searching for evidence in his flat.
- 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published 1919, →OCLC:
- He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. […] But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again […] she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
- 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
- Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
- (transitive, now rare) To look for, seek.
- (transitive, obsolete) To probe or examine (a wound).
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “xvj”, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
- Now torne we to the xj kynges that retorned vnto a cyte that hyghte Sorhaute / the whiche cyte was within kynge Vryens / and ther they refresshed hem as wel as they myght / and made leches serche theyr woundys and sorowed gretely for the dethe of her peple
- (please add an English translation of this quotation)
- c. 1588–1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- Now to the bottome dost thou search my wound.
- (obsolete) To examine; to try; to put to the test.
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||search, searchest†||searched, searchedst†|
|3rd-person singular||searches, searcheth†||searched|
- (transitive: look throughout (a place) for something): comb, scour
- (intransitive: look thoroughly): look for, seek, comb, scour
- binary search
- body cavity search
- breadth-first search
- consent search
- depth-first search
- fingertip search
- generalized search tree
- global search and replace
- human-flesh search
- human flesh search engine
- in search of
- iterative deepening search
- jackstay search
- jump point search
- Levin search
- literature search
- police search advisor
- search and replace
- search and rescue
- search as you type
- search box
- search engine
- search engine optimization
- search leakage
- search me
- search-oriented architecture
- search party
- search term
- search tree
- search up
- search wand
- search warrant
- solution in search of a problem
- soul search
- stop and search
- strip search
- tabu search
- Terry search
- warrantless search
Chinese search definition
- (clipping) ser (soe1)