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 for Search warrant
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Warrant \War"rant\, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
     defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
     origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew[aum]hren;
     akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee.]
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     1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving
        authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act,
        instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes
        another to do something which he has not otherwise a right
        to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or
        authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage;
        commission; authority. Specifically: 
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        (a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
            or other thing.
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        (b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an
            officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or
            do other acts incident to the administration of
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        (c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
            issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
            officer. See Warrant officer, below.
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     2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
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              I give thee warrant of thy place.     --Shak.
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              His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
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     3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
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     4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
     Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
     General warrant. (Law) See under General.
     Land warrant. See under Land.
     Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n.
     Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority given by one
        person to another empowering him to transact business for
        him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
        his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
        judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
        some specified person. --Bouvier.
     Warrant officer, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
        corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
        quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
     Warrant to sue and defend.
        (a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
            authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
            defend for him.
        (b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
            to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
            his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  search warrant
      n 1: a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to search
           for objects or people involved in the commission of a crime
           and to produce them in court; the warrant describes the
           locations where the officials may search

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "search warrant":
     bench warrant, capias, caveat, death warrant, domiciliary visit,
     dragnet, exploration, fieri facias, forage, frisk,
     habere facias possessionem, house-search, hunt, hunting,
     injunction, interdict, mandamus, mandate, mandatory injunction,
     mittimus, nisi prius, notice, notification, perquisition, posse,
     precept, probe, process, prohibitory injunction, quest, ransacking,
     rummage, search, search party, search-and-destroy operation,
     searching, stalk, stalking, still hunt, turning over, warrant,
     warrant of arrest, warrant of attorney, writ

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

  SEARCH WARRANT, crim. law, practice. A warrant (q.v.) requiring the officer 
  to whom it is addressed, to search a house or other place therein specified, 
  for property therein alleged to have been stolen; and if the same shall be 
  found upon such search, to bring the goods so found, together with the body 
  of the person occupying the same, who is named, before the justice or other 
  officer granting the warrant, or some other justice of the peace, or other 
  lawfully authorized officer. It should be given under the hand and seal of 
  the justice, and dated. 
       2. The constitution of the United States, amendments, art. 4, declares 
  that "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers 
  and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be 
  violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by 
  oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, 
  and the person or things to be seized." 
       3. Lord Hale, 2 P. C. 149, 150, recommends great caution in granting 
  such warrants. 1. That they be, not granted without oath made before a 
  justice of a felony committed, and that the complainant has probable cause 
  to suspect they are in such a house or place, and his reasons for such 
  suspicion. 2. That such warrants express that the search shall be made in 
  day time. 3. That they ought to be directed to a constable or other proper 
  officer, and not to a private person. 4. A search warrant ought to command 
  the officer to bring the stolen goods and the person in whose custody they 
  are, before some justice of the peace. Vide 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 57, 64; 4 Inst. 
  176; Hawk. B. 2, c. 13, s. 17, n. 6; 11 St. Tr; 321; 2 Wils. 149, 291; 
  Burn's Just. h.t.; Williams' Just. h.t. 

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