search

Definitions

General English

  • noun the action of trying to find something
  • verb to examine something or someone very carefully
  • verb to look carefully to try to find something

Aviation

  • noun an act of looking for something in order to find it

Banking

  • noun an examination of records by the lawyer acting for someone who wants to buy a property, to make sure that the vendor has the right to sell it

Commerce

  • noun the facility that enables visitors to a website to look for the information they want

Computing

  • noun the process of looking for and identifying a character or word or section of data in a document or file
  • verb to look for an item of data

Electronics

  • To thoroughly examine or explore, looking for something. Also called seek (2). Also, a specific instance of such a search.
  • To examine or explore a document, file, database, disk, the Internet, or the like, looking for specific data or items. Also called seek (3), or find (2). Also, a specific instance of such a search.
  • To examine or explore a selected text, document, or file, looking for specific character strings, special characters, commands, or the like. Also called seek (4), or find (1). Also, a specific instance of such a search.
  • synonymseek

Information & Library Science

  • verb to look through a document in order to find a specific item or word

Law

  • noun an act of examining a place to try to find something.
  • verb to examine a place or a person to try to find something

Origin & History of “search”

Etymologically, search denotes ‘going round in a circle’ – for its ultimate source is Latin circus ‘circle’ (source of English circle and circus). from this was derived the verb circāre ‘go round’, which by the time it had reached Old French as cerchier had acquired connotations of ‘examining’ or ‘exploring’. English took it over via Anglo-Norman sercher. (It is no relation, incidentally, to English seek.).
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