Right of search
Search Search, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See {Search}, v. t.] The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination. [1913 Webster]

Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search, and with inspection deep Considered every creature. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Nor did my search of liberty begin Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation; research; inquiry; quest; pursuit. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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