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Definition of SEARCH

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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. [1913 Webster]

              They are come to search the house.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

     3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry into; inquire. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 particulars. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

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

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