search
I. verb Etymology: Middle English cerchen, from Anglo-French cercher, sercher to travel about, investigate, search, from Late Latin circare to go about, from Latin circum round about — more at circum- Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to look into or over carefully or thoroughly in an effort to find or discover something: as a. to examine in seeking something <
searched the north field
>
b. to look through or explore by inspecting possible places of concealment or investigating suspicious circumstances c. to read thoroughly ; check; especially to examine a public record or register for information about <
search land titles
>
d. to examine for articles concealed on the person e. to look at as if to discover or penetrate intention or nature 2. to uncover, find, or come to know by inquiry or scrutiny — usually used with out intransitive verb 1. to look or inquire carefully <
searched for the papers
>
2. to make painstaking investigation or examination • searchable adjectivesearcher nounsearchingly adverb II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an act of searching <
a search for food
>
<
go in search of help
>
b. an act of boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas in exercise of right of search 2. obsolete a party that searches 3. power or range of penetrating; also a penetrating effect

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • search — consists of looking for or seeking out that which is otherwise concealed from view. People v. Carlson, Colo., 677 P.2d 310, 316. An examination of a person s house or other buildings or premises, or of his person, or of his vehicle, aircraft, etc …   Black's law dictionary

  • search — I verb chase after, closely examine, comb, delve, examine, examine by inspection, explore, ferret, follow the trail of, go through, hunt, indagate, inquire into, inspect, investigate, look into, look over, look through, probe, pry into, pursue,… …   Law dictionary

  • Search — Search  многозначный термин. Содержание 1 Значения 2 Акронимы 3 The Search 4 См. также …   Википедия

  • Search — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • search — [sʉrch] vt. [ME searchen < OFr cercher < LL circare, to go round, go about, explore < circus, a ring: see CIRCUS] 1. to go over or look through for the purpose of finding something; explore; rummage; examine [to search a house for a lost …   English World dictionary

  • Search — [sə:tʃ], das; s [engl. search = das Suchen, zu: to search = suchen, über afrz. cerchier (= frz. chercher) aus spätlat. circare = prüfend umhergehen] (Jargon): Suche nach Informationen (z. B. im Internet). * * * Search   [engl.], suchen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Search — Search, v. i. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt. [1913 Webster] Once more search with me. Shak. [1913 Webster] It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the matter, and searched into all …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Search — [sə:tʃ] das; s <aus engl. search »das Suchen« zu engl. to search »suchen«, dies über mittelfr. cerchier (fr. chercher) aus spätlat. circare »prüfend umhergehen«> das Suchen nach Informationen im ↑Internet (EDV) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • search — ► VERB 1) try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly. 2) examine (a place, vehicle, or person) thoroughly in order to find something or someone. 3) (searching) investigating very deeply: searching questions. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • search — [n] seeking to find something chase, examination, exploration, fishing expedition*, frisking*, going over*, hunt, inquest, inquiry, inspection, investigation, legwork*, perquisition, pursual, pursuance, pursuing, pursuit, quest, research, rummage …   New thesaurus

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