search engine
n.
A software application that allows users to search for the appearance of particular words or images on websites.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


search engine
A co-ordinated set of computer programs which includes a spider, a program which contains an index from which web pages can be read, and a program which receives a search request and compares it with the entries in the index and returns the results to the user. Websites (website) such as Google or Yahoo! contain search engines which enable users to search large indexes of website addresses by inserting the appropriate words or terms against which they wish to search.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


search engine
n. An online tool that permits a researcher to type in keywords and returns a selection of Internet sources for information on that keyword (known as hits). There are two main search engines for legal research, and both are based upon subscription for fees: Lexis, Westlaw.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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