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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
        something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city.
        "Search the Scriptures." --John v. 39.
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              They are come to search the house.    --Shak.
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              Search me, O God, and know my heart.  --Ps. cxxxix.
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     2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
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              I will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
                                                    --Ezek. xxxiv.
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              Enough is left besides to search and know. --Milton.
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     3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to
        probe; as, to search a wound.
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     4. To examine; to try; to put to the test.
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     To search out, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as,
        to search out truth.
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     Syn: To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry
          into; inquire.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Search \Search\, v. i.
     To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration,
     or examination; to hunt.
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           Once more search with me.                --Shak.
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           It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the
           matter, and searched into all the particulars. --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           Thus the orb he roamed
           With narrow search, and with inspection deep
           Considered every creature.               --Milton.
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           Nor did my search of liberty begin
           Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin.
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     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.
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     Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation;
          research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find
           something or someone [syn: search, hunt, hunting]
      2: an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the
         ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
      3: 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" [syn: search, lookup]
      4: the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a
         move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
      5: boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of
      v 1: 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"
           [syn: search, seek, look for]
      2: search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the
         child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
         [syn: search, look]
      3: inquire into; "the students had to research the history of
         the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched
         for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are
         exploring the nature of consciousness" [syn: research,
         search, explore]
      4: subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We
         searched the whole house for the missing keys"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "search":
     analysis, angle for, ask for, beat, beat about for,
     beat the bushes, burrow, cast about, chase, check, chivy, comb,
     delve, delve for, delve into, dig, dig for, dig into, dog,
     domiciliary visit, dragnet, enquiry, examination, examine,
     exploration, explore, fan, fathom, fish for, follow, follow up,
     forage, frisk, give chase, go after, go gunning for, go into,
     go through, grub, gun for, hollo after, hound, house-search, hunt,
     hunt for, hunt up, hunting, indagate, inquire of, inquiry, inspect,
     inspection, investigate, look, look around, look at, look for,
     look into, look over, look round, look through, look up,
     make after, nose around, peer into, perquisition, perusal, plumb,
     poke, poke around, poke into, posse, probe, prosecute, prowl after,
     pry, pry into, pursual, pursuance, pursue, pursuing, pursuit,
     quest, quest after, raise the hunt, rake, ransack, ransacking,
     research, researching, root, rummage, run after, run down, scan,
     scour, scouring, scout out, scrimmage, scrutinize, scrutiny,
     search for, search into, search party, search through,
     search warrant, search-and-destroy operation, searching, see to,
     seek, seek for, seek out, seeking, shake down, sift, sifting,
     skirmish, smell around, sound, stalk, stalking, still hunt,
     still-hunt, study, take out after, try to find, turning over

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  web search.
     2.  search problem.
     3.  search algorithm.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEARCH, RIGHT OF, mar. law. The right existing in a belligerent to examine 
  and inspect the papers of a neutral vessel at sea. On the continent of 
  Europe, this is called the right of visit. Dalloz, Dict. mots Prises 
  Maritimes, n. 104-111. 
       2. The right does not extend to examine the cargo; nor does it extend 
  to a ship of war, it being strictly confined to the searching of merchant 
  vessels. The exercise of the right is to prevent the commerce of contraband 
  goods. Although frequently resisted by powerful neutral nations, yet this 
  right appears now to be fixed beyond contravention. The penalty for 
  violently resisting this right is the confiscation of the property so 
  withheld from visitation. Unless in extreme cases of gross abuse of his 
  right by a belligerent, the neutral has no right to resist a search. 1 Kent, 
  Com. 154; 2 Bro. Civ. and Adm. Law, 319; Mann. Comm. B. 3, c. 11. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEARCH, crim. law. An examination of a man's house, premises or person, for 
  the purpose of discovering proof of his guilt in relation to some crime or 
  misdemeanor of which be is accused. 
       2. The constitution of the United. States, amendments, art. 4, protects 
  the people from unreasonable searches and seizures. 3 Story, Const. Sec. 
  1895; Rawle, Const. ch. 10, p. 127; 10 John. R. 263; 11 John. R. 500; 3 
  Cranch, 447. 
       3. By the act of March 2, 1799, s. 68, 1 Story's L. U. S. 632, it is 
  enacted, that every collector, naval officer, and surveyor, or other person 
  specially appointed, by either of them, for that purpose, shall have fall 
  power and authority to enter any ship or vessel, in which they shall have 
  reason to suspect any goods, wares, or merchandise, subject to duty, are 
  concealed, and therein to search for, seize, and secure any such goods, 
  wares, or merchandise; and if they shall have cause to suspect a concealment 
  thereof in any particular dwelling house, store, building, or other place 
  they or either of them shall; upon proper application, on oath, to any 
  justice of the peace, be entitled to a warrant to enter such house, store, 
  or other place, (in the day time only, and there to search for such goods; 
  and if any shall be found, to seize and secure the same for trial; and all 
  such goods, wares, and merchandise, on which the duties shall not have been 
  paid, or secured to be paid, shall be forfeited. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEARCH, practice. An examination made in the proper lien office for 
  mortgages, liens, judgments, or other encumbrances, against real estate. The 
  certificate given by the officer as to the result of such examination is 
  also called a search. 
       2. Conveyancers and others who cause searches to be made ought to be 
  very careful that they should be correct, with regard, 1. To the time during 
  which the person against whom the search has been made owned the premises. 
  2. To the property searched against, which ought to be properly described. 
  3. To the form of the certificate of search. 

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