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Search, v. i. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt.
Once more search with me. --Shak.
It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the matter, and searched into all the particulars. --Locke.
Search v. t. [imp. & p. p. Searched p. pr. & vb. n. Searching.]
1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city. “Search the Scriptures.”
They are come to search the house. --Shak.
Search me, O God, and know my heart. --Ps. cxxxix. 23.
2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
I will both search my sheep, and seek them out. --Ezek. xxxiv. 11.
Enough is left besides to search and know. --Milton.
3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound.
4. To examine; to try; to put to the test.
To search out, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as, to search out truth.
Syn: -- To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry into; inquire.
Search, n. The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination.
Thus the orb he roamed
With narrow search, and with inspection deep
Considered every creature. --Milton.
Nor did my search of liberty begin
Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin. --Dryden.
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.
Syn: -- Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation; research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.
n 1: the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find
something or someone [syn: hunt, hunting]
2: an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the
ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the
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: 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: 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: look]
3: inquire into [syn: research, explore]
4: subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We
searched the whole house for the missing keys"